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Antwerpen, Belgium

Docx L.,Universiteitsplein l | Sabbe B.G.C.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Koning J.,Stagemeester psychiatrie PC Sint Norbertus | Mentzel T.Q.,Psychiater en senior onderzoeker | And 2 more authors.
Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie | Year: 2015

Background- In clinical practice, psychomotor deficits are currently assessed by means of observation scales. However, instrumental (including mechanical and electronic) measurement techniques might also be valuable in clinical practice. aim- To discuss the added value of using instrumental registration of psychomotor functioning into clinical practice. METHOD- We investigated the main pros and cons of instrumental registration by searching the literature systematically and we discuss our findings using concrete examples. results- Compared to observation scales, instrumental registration yields more reliable and sensitive information about the psychomotor functioning of patients. Another advantage of instrumental registration is that it gives us an opportunity to study affected sub-processes and underlying mechanisms. However, the validity of these measurements depends on whether instrumental registration can adequately reflect aspects of a movement that can be observed clinically. conclusion- Clinical practice could benefit substantially from using instrumental registration of psychomotor disturbances in schizophrenia. However, more time and money needs to be invested in research before the new technique is fully validated and ready for use in clinical practice. Source

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