An Instrument to Assess Competencies of Providers Treating Severe Mental Illness
Published in: Mental Health Services Research, v. 5, no. 2, Jun. 2003, p. 97-108
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2002
One approach to improving the quality of rare for severe mental illnesses (SMI) such as schizophrenia is through the improvement of provider competencies; the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to deliver high-quality care. This paper describes a new instrument designed to measure such a set of competencies A total of 341 providers of services to clients with SMI at 38 clinics within 5 publicly financed treatment organizations in 2 western states were asked to complete a paper-and-pencil survey including the new Competency Assessment Instrument (CAI: 15 scales, each assessing a particular provider competency), and additional measures used to establish validity (Recovery Attitude Questionnaire-7, Client Optimism Scale). Seventy-nine percent (N = 269) responded at baseline, 83% (N = 282) responded at 2 weeks. Ninety-seven percent of baseline respondents completed the survey at 2 week. Most CAI scales have good internal consistency (Cronbach's as =.52-.93), test-retest reliability (scales ranged from .42 to .78), And validity, and should be useful in efforts to improve care.