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How reliable are forensic evaluations? Evaluator agreement in evaluations of competence to stand trial.

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When two different clinicians evaluate a defendant’s competence to stand trial (CST), how likely are those clinicians to reach the same conclusion? We examined 254 cases in which three evaluators, working separately, provided a CST opinion for the same felony defendant. Results revealed perfect agreement in approximately two-thirds of cases, but evaluators reached different opinions in approximately one-third of cases. These results are among the first to document evaluator agreement in routine forensic practice, and allow us to examine some of the factors associated with evaluator disagreement.
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Gowensmith, Neil., Murrie, Daniel. and Boccaccini, Ph.D., Marcus. "How reliable are forensic evaluations? Evaluator agreement in evaluations of competence to stand trial." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398904_index.html>

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Gowensmith, N. , Murrie, D. C. and Boccaccini, Ph.D., M. T. , 2010-03-18 "How reliable are forensic evaluations? Evaluator agreement in evaluations of competence to stand trial." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398904_index.html

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Abstract: When two different clinicians evaluate a defendant’s competence to stand trial (CST), how likely are those clinicians to reach the same conclusion? We examined 254 cases in which three evaluators, working separately, provided a CST opinion for the same felony defendant. Results revealed perfect agreement in approximately two-thirds of cases, but evaluators reached different opinions in approximately one-third of cases. These results are among the first to document evaluator agreement in routine forensic practice, and allow us to examine some of the factors associated with evaluator disagreement.


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