“Why don’t more therapists do FIT?” a grad student asked me during a recent consultation. Seated nearby in the room were department managers, supervisors, and many experienced practitioners.
“Well,” I said, queuing up my usual, diplomatic answer, “Feedback informed treatment is a relatively new idea, and the number of therapists doing it is growing.”
Unpersuaded, the student persisted, “Yeah, but with research showing such positive results, seems like ethically everyone should be doing FIT. What’s all the hesitance about?”
What’s that old expression? Out of the mouths of babes . . .
Truth is, a large, just released study showed FIT — specifically, the routine monitoring of outcome and relationship with the Outcome and Session Rating Scales — improved effectiveness by 25% over and above usual treatment services.
In a second, pilot study conducted in a forensic psychiatric setting, use of the ORS and SRS dramatically reduced dropout rates.
What other clinical practice/technique can claim similar impacts on outcome and retention in mental health services?