Measurement-based care in youth: an opportunity for better clinical outcomes?

Roberta Frontini*, Catarina Costa, Sílvia Baptista, Constança do Carmo Garcia, António Vian-Lains

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Measurement-based care (MBC) is a procedure in which systematic and routine assessments are performed. Through this practice, clinicians can verify the progress of the symptomatology of the patient and adapt the appointments and the intervention to the current symptoms. Studies have reflected on the importance and the benefits of this type of procedure in the adult population, and have shown positive results. However, there is a lack of evidence concerning the remaining populations. Regarding youth, for instance, few articles have evaluated the benefits of using this procedure in clinical practice. However, research focused on this topic has revealed positive results, especially when clinicians were loyal to the MBC procedures. Still, further research is needed. This letter aims to share the methodology used by our multidisciplinary team, composed of psychologists and psychiatrists, in a clinical context at the Hospital Cruz Vermelha, Lisboa, applied to the adult population; the objective is to share and discuss some alterations that could be made to our evaluation protocol to enable the same to be used with the youth population. We believe that implementing MBC for youth is crucial for several reasons, including enhanced treatment efficacy, more personalized treatment, a reduced reliance on subjectivity, and empowerment not only of patients but also families.

Original languageEnglish
Article number910
Number of pages10
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


  • Assessment
  • Measurement-based care
  • Youth


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