Advice From PM Users

We have conducted qualitative research on PM users.

Here we summarize the advice they have for individuals considering implementing PM...


"The way the measure is presented, either to clinicians or clients, is important"

  • Explain why you are asking clinicians to use or clients to complete the measures.

  • Discuss PM's evidence base.

                          Want to know more about the research supporting PM?...

"Use support or supervision in conjunction with PM"

  • Connect with others who have used PM. Share your challenges and ask for advice.

  • Arrange for one person at your clinic to be the local champion or "PM support person". Clinicians are busy; clinics need a dedicated PM person to make sure the measures are being used and used properly.


"Be open to the experience of using the measure" 

  • Be open to tolerating negative feedback. The effect of PM comes from allowing the feedback to be heard.

  • Just try it. Let your experience guide you.

  • Use these measures to aid your decisions, not substitute them.

  • Be aware of the limits of PM.

  • Use research, manuals, and the training available.


Want to know more about research, access to manuals, or training opportunities?...

"Be informed about the measures before implementing one"

"Have a collaborative attitude with clients and with colleagues when using a PM measure" 

  • Use PM to be collaborative.

  • Act on the feedback they give you.

  • Show them you are listening.

"Get clinicians and clients to understand the reasons behind using PM" 

  • Provide regular feedback on why they are using PM.

  • Frame it in terms of collaboration and enhancing the client voice.

"Be prepared for negative feedback or feeling uncomfortable when administering a PM measure"




  • Keep in mind that it may take time for it to feel natural.




"Agencies need to avoid being coercive when using the measures"

  • Work to obtain therapist buy-in and avoid mandating use. This may involve using data in a manner that therapists do not find threatening.



"The measures should be implemented systematically"


  • Use computer scoring programs

  • Advise therapists to make their own decisions when selecting a particular measure

Less frequent advice...

Interested in reading more?

Check Out...

Ionita, G. (2015). Moving research into clinical practice: Usage of Progress Monitoring measures (Doctoral Dissertation). Educational and Counseling Psychology McGill University 

Last updated: 23/05/2018