Moving with the times in Mental Health

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The trend in behavioural health is changing worldwide where psychologists and behavioural health practitioners are asked to do more with less. There is demand for increased documentation and accountability amidst funding challenges. Add to this rising caseloads and challenging clinical problems.

In mental health per se, psychologists frequently fail to identify failing cases resulting in an average drop-out rate of a whopping 47%. This can be brought under control though, as numerous researches worldwide have shown that the power of relationship between the therapist and the client can do wonders and has the capability of bringing out better outcomes. What matters are the goals and purpose of therapy, client’s preferences and the client’s view of relationship with the therapist. This calls for psychologists taking feedback from the clients on a regular basis and monitoring their contribution to the alliance.

To help psychologists achieve desired results in therapy, Dr. Barry Duncan of the Heart and Soul of Change Project and Dr. Scott D Miller of The International Center for Clinical Excellence developed two ultra short and practical scales which could be integrated easily in therapy. These are known as the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scale (SRS) and together they form a part of what is known as Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT). This approach encompasses taking regular feedback from the client at the beginning and end of each therapy session and has shown to decrease the drop-out rates by as much as 50%. In addition, this has also shown to decrease deterioration rates by 33% and reduces hospitalization and shortens length of stay by 66%. Overall, it helps to reduce the cost of care.

MyOutcomes has developed a web-based tool where these ORS and SRS forms can be filled directly using our software and without the need of paper and pen. Results can be derived almost instantly at the click of a button and this helps the psychologists to decide future course of action.

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