Clinical utility and DSM-V.

TitleClinical utility and DSM-V.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
JournalPsychological assessment
Volume21
Issue3
Pagination302-12
ISSN1040-3590
Abstract

The construction of the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual has been guided primarily by concerns of construct validity rather than of clinical utility, despite claims by its authors that the highest priority has in fact been clinical utility. The purpose of this article was to further articulate the concept and importance of utility when constructing and evaluating a diagnostic construct. It is suggested that a relative emphasis on validity over utility is justifiable but that matters of clinical utility should not be neglected. Discussed in particular is ease of usage, communication, and treatment planning. Suggestions for future research are provided.

URLhttp://content.apa.org/journals/pas/21/3/302
DOI10.1037/a0016607
Short TitlePsychol Assess
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