CORE in Ecuador

Originally created January 2018, destroyed by WordPress malfunction (!), recreated 16/12/19, updated 18/6/20.

Spanish version of this page.

Dr. Clara Paz of UDLA (Unversidad de las Américas) has led a very thorough exploration of the adequacy and suitability of the Spanish (Castellano)  translation of CORE-OM which found that just one item might, arguably, be better if rephrased for Ecuador. However, a series of qualitative and quantitative studies showed that the rephrase showed no real advantages over the Castellano version. A paper out of this work giving an extensive exploration of the psychometric properties of the Castellano version is under review. In addition, a further paper specifically about the one item is in preparation and Dr. Paz has led a scoping review of the use of psychotherapy change measures in Latin America (, and a paper looking at clients’ experiences of the CORE-OM ( are both published. CORE-OM data collection from routine services is well underway and nearing the point at which we will move to analysis and preparation of a paper.

If you would like to join a developing group of people interested in using CORE instruments in Ecuador do use the form below to contact us. Similarly, if you are interested in the new Latin American CORE/ROM practice research network developing with the Society for Psychotherapy Research, again do contact us.

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Update June 2020

During the first semester of 2020, several countries faced the pandemic caused by the presence of COVID-19. As a result, confinement and social distance were two clear guidelines to reduce contagion and to avoid the saturation of health care systems. In this scenario,  psychotherapy interventions had to be carried out online and therefore several requests appeared on the implementation and use of the CORE family tools in this situation. The actions from three countries UK, Spain and Ecuador in response to this situation were summarized in the article “Supporting practice based evidence in the COVID-19 crisis: three reserarcher-practitioners’ stories” ( One of these stories explains the actions to implement mental health status monitoring of volunteers working in a helpline who offered psychological first aids during the pandemic in Ecuador.

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