Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 7, pp 828–832 | Cite as

Caregiver Perceptions of Clinical Decision-Making for the Treatment of Children

  • Brian Allen
  • Alberto Varela
Brief Communication


Many sources of information impact one’s clinical decision-making (CDM) (e.g. clinical intuition, previous experience, research results). Relatively little is known about the clients’ perspectives of these factors. The current study is an examination of perceptions of the favorability of various CDM influences held by caregivers of children presenting for mental health treatment (n = 371). Responses to a questionnaire showed that caregivers overwhelmingly favored a treatment decision based on current scientific research, with one’s clinical experience being the second most favored influence. Other influences, such as colleague consultation and clinical intuition, were less favorable.


Evidence-based practice Clinical decision making Child and caregiver participation Informed consent Evidence-based medicine 



This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Protection of ChildrenPenn State Hershey Children’s HospitalHersheyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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