Using technology to enhance decision making

Caspar, Franz; Berger, Thomas; Frei, Lukas (2015). Using technology to enhance decision making. In: Clinical Decision Making in Mental Health Practice (pp. 147-174). Washington DC: American Psychological Association 10.1037/14711-006

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We focus here on decision making in the everyday clinical situation and do not address decision making in politics and administration, although obviously it affects clinical practice and vice versa. For example, decisions against providing sufficient face-to-face psychotherapy is one factor that may increase the demand for Internet therapy, and vice versa—that is, the use of technology for therapy, as in Internet therapy, might influence to what extent face-to-face therapy needs to be provided. It is obvious that the aggregation of information for political and administrative decisions can take advantage of technology. If technology is used professionally, this should contribute to better informed decisions and less dependency on information provided by lobbyists who might not work in the interest of high-quality service for those who need it. An optimistic view is thus that technology works in favor of patients on this level as well. In the interest of keeping the focus of this chapter manageable, we also do not address treatments fully delivered over the Internet or computers, as for the example described in Comer and Barlow (2014), although such treatments, as they unfold, of course also include decision making.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

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Caspar, Franz; Berger, Thomas and Frei, Lukas


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Psychological Association




Adriana Biaggi

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30 Mar 2016 12:45

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28 Nov 2020 02:26

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