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Observation is key

Published: 12 May 2021
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During a QbTest, clinicians get an opportunity to observe the patient, providing rich, qualitative data to marry up with the quantitative data from the QbTest report. Using the QbTest Observation Sheet, clinical teams can use this period to take note of the client’s experience in addition to the rich data that the report itself provides. The team at Cork Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) describe how they make full use of the QbTest.


Part Two - Observation is key


Sonia Magaharan Clinical Nurse Specialist:

"You’re not just doing a QbTest – it’s also a chance to observe the child’s behavior. I have to say, I really like it because we’ve had a couple of kids who couldn’t do the QbTest for various reasons. What we were able to do was let the child attempt the task and take the opportunity to observe and gather very useful information. Maybe kids have fallen off the equipment, touching things, calling out. You’re having a one-on-one observation with a child for 15 or 20 minutes or even longer because you might be doing a couple of practice tests with them until they understand the task. So, you’re getting a window into their behavior for..."


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