The truth is our field is founded on hope. It’s well established that therapists, as a group, overwhelmingly want to get better, but contrary to widespread belief, over the past 40 years, despite many innovations and good intentions, outcomes have not improved.
One common factor identified is implementation. Without a good implementation plan all too often good intentions only result in increased administrative burden with little or no actual payoff in terms of results. The impact of a failed implementation on staff morale can be devastating—not to mention the waste of precious time and resources, and missed opportunity to provide more effective services to consumers.
Today one of the “innovations” that is producing valid, and reliable improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment is Feedback-Informed Treatment. A large and growing number of randomized controlled trials document significant improvements in the quality, retention, and effectiveness of behavioral health services when
MyOutcomes standardized patient self-report measures are employed to solicit feedback from consumers of behavioral health services.
For over a decade, MyOutcomes Team has been working with agencies and practitioners to develop and implement routine outcome monitoring best practices.
If you have been exploring ways to strengthen client engagement, increase successful outcomes, shorten wait lists and reduce dropouts, please take advantage of our expertise and book a free 30-minute consultation with a Certifed Trainer from the International Center for Clinical Excellence to explore how MyOutcomes can help your Team help more clients, more often.
Feedback-Informed Treatment encompasses:
“the integration of the best available research… and monitoring of patient progress (and of changes in the patient’s circumstances – e.g., job loss, major illness) that may suggest the need to adjust the treatment (e.g., problems in the therapeutic relationship or in the implementation of the goals of the treatment)”
APA Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice, 2006, pp. 273, 276-277.