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In psychology outcomes may be conceived of as dependent variables those phenomena that we try to explain in our theories and experiments. In general we look at various factors as independent variables and processes as mediating variables and look to see how they affect the outcome of interest.
The complication in psychology arises because of the dynamic relationship between factors, processes and outcomes through time so that an outcome may be regardsed Outcomes of interest to psychologists include:
- Health outcomes
- Changes in signs and symptoms
- Routine health outcomes measurement
- Patient-reported outcome
- Psychotherapeutic outcomes