Measuring Outcomes in Therapy – The Client is the King

| August 3, 2015

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“Measuring outcomes in therapy based on what the client has to say and his perception of the improvement caused by the treatment is what matters most”

Time and again a question surfaces, asking what works in achieving successful outcomes in therapy? A growing list of researchers, including Dr. Scott D. Miller, are convinced that it is the use of feedback informed treatment on an ongoing basis that results in an increased success rate, and this finding is backed by empirical data.

Measuring outcomes in therapy based on what the client has to say, and his perception of the improvement caused by the treatment is what matters the most. So the challenge now is to apply this in practice so that increased numbers of clients are benefiting.

To this effect the two scales, the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) that measures therapy effectiveness, and the Session Rating Scale (SRS) that measures the strength of the therapeutic alliance, were developed.These scales need to be filled at the beginning and end of each session, and are so brief that the amount of time required to complete them does not strain the therapist or the client. The analysis of data can also be done in real time, at the click of a button, by the use of latest technology and newest web-based tools.

MyOutcomes is one such web-based system that gives the results in the form of easy to understand graphs, which allows the therapist to understand how the treatment is progressing and decide its future course. Once client data is entered into the ORS and SRS scales in the system, it graphically depicts these two scales and compares the client’s progress to the Expected Treatment Response (ETR) of clients with the same intake score.

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