OQ MeasuresResearch

The OQ® and Y-OQ® instruments are the result of a unique partnership between behavioral health care administrators, practitioners, and academic researchers in response to the changing mental health arena.

Above all else, our greatest strength is our close relationship with the researchers and developers of the OQ® Family of instruments.  Dr. Michael Lambert and Dr. Gary Burlingame work closely with OQ® Measures to ensure that our measures are always improving through their continuing research.  Their research goes back 30 years and they have published over 100 articles to date.

Gary M Burlingame, Ph.D.

Gary M Burlingame, Ph.D.
- President (2010), APA Division 49.
- Professor of Psychology, Wells & Mryle Cloward Fellow, Brigham Young University.
- Developer of Y-OQ® and other Outcome Measures.

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Dr. Michael LambertMichael Lambert, Ph.D.
- Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University.
- Author of Prevention of Treatment Failure: The Use of Measurement, Monitoring, and Feedback in Clinical Practice.
- Developer of OQ® and other Outcome Measures.

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While most mental health products are designed to test for specific symptomatology and assign diagnoses, our measures are uniquely designed to track change during patient treatment and provide algorithms for detecting negative outcomes prior to treatment failure.

The empirical and rational algorithms used to predict at-risk clients has been thoroughly tested in six randomized clinical trials (RCT) published by Dr. Michael Lambert in peer reviewed journals. The RCT's have been duplicated in other studies around the globe, including Germany, Netherlands, South America, etc. with all studies confirming that our measures reduce treatment failures.

These clinical trials show the algorithms' ability to identify between 85-100% of the at-risk cases BEFORE a negative outcome. This research has also shown that providing feedback to therapists regarding patient outcomes significantly increased patients progress and maximized treatment effectiveness yielding improved patient care and reallocation of therapists' time to cases in need of special attention.

The following is a partial list of references for articles discussing the OQ® and Y-OQ® instruments. Click here for access to other articles in PDF format.

History and Science behind OQ® Family of Instruments

List of OQ® and Y-OQ® References

Canon 2010 Change Trajectories

Ridge 2009 YOQSR Psychometrics

Warren 2009 Change Trajectories and Warning System

Warren 2010 JCCP Youth Outcomes