[R] Seeking friend for life (not)

From: Chris Evans <chris_at_psyctc.org>
Date: Mon 16 May 2005 - 01:08:15 EST

I'll take a risk following Uwe's wonderful response to that advert. I'm looking for someone, perhaps particularly a stats student, who might want to do a piece of work with me on using R to present and analyse routine data that psychotherapists might submit on a cgi-bin interface and perhaps cross-referencing that against some largish referential data to which I have access.

Like Uwe, I require that the student bring beauty, brains, money, infinite tolerance ... no, seriously. If this might be of any possible link up with yourself or a student of yours, read on, otherwise reread Uwe's post or just hit the delete button!

The situation is that I have co-developed a "copyleft" self-report measure that adult, tabloid literate clients in psychological therapies can complete readily that gives reasonable indication of their state say at referral, assessment, start of therapy, during therapy, end of therapy, follow-up etc. It's part of a system we call CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation). How it is used is up to practitioners as our aim is to persuade therapists that such data can be of use to them, not just to researchers. There is a linked therapist completed assessment form and end of therapy form which provides a therapist rating of initial and final state but, much more importantly, provides information that contextualises the self-report data.

A company in whom I have no financial interest have written a wonderful PC based program that takes data and analyses it (CORE-PC, see http://coreims.co.uk/ for information on that and the system of measures). However, I am interested in putting something on the www using a cgi-bin interface to R to allow therapists not yet convinced of the value of CORE-PC to overcome their alienation from routine data analysis.

I am a psychotherapist and psychotherapy researcher first but my stats is competent and I've pretty much fixed on R for all my stats work now (bye SPSS et al.!) and love it. However, to use R to do this well clearly means getting my head around RZope/RSOAP or Rstatserver or something like that as just using CGIwithR, though brilliant, is slow and inefficient.

I have discussed this with our local university (Nottingham) who are R supportive but have no cgi-bin expertise so I'm asking more widely now. Our/my history is of getting good papers out and we have good ones on uses of the system in submission and in press as well as as a sample list below. Unless I do most of the work I'm very unconcerned about where my name comes in co-authorship as I'm not under RAE pressures, just my own and NHS pressures to move this initiative on. Hence it may be a good link up for people. I currently have legitimate access to anonymised datasets from a few thosand in specific (multi-practitioner) services to massive (c40k) datasets from wider collections and there are many angles to look at within a general EDA/visualising approach to help therapy practitioners overcome their phobias and lack of numeracy.

Do get in touch directly if you think this may be of some interest.

Very best,


Sample publications, happy to send snail mail copies:

Barkham, M., Evans, C., Margison, F., et al (1998) The rationale for developing and implementing core outcome batteries for routine use in service settings and psychotherapy outcome research. Journal of Mental Health, 7, 35-47.
Barkham, M., Margison, F., Leach, C., et al (2001) Service profiling and outcomes benchmarking using the CORE-OM: toward practice-based evidence in the psychological therapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 184-196.
Evans, C., Connell, J., Barkham, M., et al (2002) Towards a standardised brief outcome measure: psychometric properties and utility of the CORE-OM. British Journal of Psychiatry, 180, 51-60. ---- (2003) Practice-Based Evidence: benchmarking NHS primary care counselling services at national and local levels. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 10, 374-388. Evans, C., Mellor-Clark, J., Margison, F., et al (2000) CORE: Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation. Journal of Mental Health, 9, 247-255.
Margison, F. R., Barkham, M., Evans, C., et al (2000) Measurement and psychotherapy: Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence. British Journal of Psychiatry, 177, 123-130. Mellor-Clark, J., Connell, J., Barkham, M., et al (2001) Counselling outcomes in primary health care: a CORE system data profile. European journal of psychotherapy, counselling and health, 4, 65-86.

Chris Evans <chris@psyctc.org>
Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Rampton Hospital; 
Research Programmes Director, Nottinghamshire NHS Trust, 
Hon. SL Institute of Psychiatry
*** My views are my own and not representative of those institutions 

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