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Treatment Integrity

Treatment integrity is the extent to which the independent variable is implemented as intended. The independent variable is a type or amount of intervention. For example, medication is an intervention used by medical doctors to treat an illness. The independent variable might be the dosage of medicine prescribed, and treatment integrity (or adherence) is the extent to which the patient takes the medication as instructed. In other fields, such as psychology, treatment integrity involves implementing a psychological or behavioral intervention as intended. For example, exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an intervention used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. The independent variable would then be the CBT intervention administered in weekly sessions, and treatment integrity is the extent to which the components of CBT are implemented or ...

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