The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a division of the United Stated Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA).
Does the evidence-based science of psychology trump the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)? Which is to ask, does the rigor of scientific inquiry trump a manual which simply lists symptoms of disorders used to bill insurance companies?
Sadly, many turn away from evidence and accept an empty manual (DSM) because it lists their particular disorder – which irrationally leads to the belief that the “disorder” is real and then proves is exists.
Do you want to buy therapy that is reliable and tested for its validity, or not?
Are you willing to take a chance on untested treatment regarding your mental health?
NREPP Quality of Research
NREPP’s Quality of Research ratings are indicators of the strength of the evidence supporting the outcomes of the intervention. Higher scores indicate stronger, more compelling evidence. Each outcome is rated separately because interventions may target multiple outcomes (e.g., alcohol use, marijuana use, behavior problems in school), and the evidence supporting the different outcomes may vary.
NREPP uses very specific standardized criteria to rate interventions and the evidence supporting their outcomes. All reviewers who conduct NREPP reviews are trained on these criteria and are required to use them to calculate their ratings.
Criteria for Rating Quality of Research
Each reviewer independently evaluates the Quality of Research for an intervention’s reported results using the following six criteria:
- Reliability of measures
- Validity of measures
- Intervention fidelity
- Missing data and attrition
- Potential confounding variables
- Appropriateness of analysis
Reviewers use a scale of 0.0 to 4.0, with 4.0 being the highest rating given.
Retrieved 5/20/11. National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practiced
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