Our science

In 2008, after seven years of research and development, MyOutcomes® was launched as the web-based version of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), developed by Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. and Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D. That same year, they co-authored “Consumer-Driven Outcomes Management: A New Paradigm for Quality Improvement in Behavioral Health,” detailing how quality and efficiency of service improves by empowering consumers to take an active role in assessing mental healthcare outcomes. This white paper called upon the U.S. President and Congress to require consumer-driven outcomes management as a centerpiece in reforming the behavioral health industry.

In 2010, after three randomized clinical trials demonstrating the power of feedback were published in top tier, peer-reviewed journals, PCOMS was submitted for inclusion in the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). After an arduous review that included both a research and the ability to disseminate evaluation, both dissemination versions of PCOMS (Heart and Soul of Change Project and International Center for Clinical Excellence) were accepted in early 2013.

In 2013, MyOutcomes® released Version 11, streamlining processes, providing advanced graphing and reporting functions, and offered new, more accurate trajectories of change that reflect those clients needing more sessions for clinically significant change. The 2012 algorithms, based on more than 427,000 administrations and developed by Dr. Barry Duncan and his team, predict outcomes using length of service (short term v. longer term therapy). They included a dynamic switch to trajectories applicable to longer term clients, addressing needs of clients who change more slowly and clinicians not using a brief therapy model.

In 2014, MyOutcomes® Version 12 was released and included: Tagging, Remote Client Access and Group Session Rating Scale. In May 2015, MyOutcomes® released Version 13 with additional customer-driven features, e.g. Email PCOMS, a new dashboard application and the ORS Audit Dashboard.

Fall 2015 saw the release of MyOutcomes® Version 14. Aside from important changes to benchmarking and reporting features, use of an expected treatment response based on average client progress was replaced by a more clinically significant equation predicting and reporting treatment outcomes by comparing individual client responses to both successful and unsuccessful treatment episodes.

In the spring of 2016, Version 15 was released with enhanced data point roll-over information, the ability to easily separate or combine ORS and SRS performance metrics for children, adolescents and adults, an option to switch between the SRS and the GSRS, and a home screen option that allows you to customize the number of clients you want displayed.

In the fall of 2016, we release Version 16, which included a number of upgrades to MyOutcomes® Mobile, as well as three new Validity Indicators:

1) ORS Over 35.

2) Intake ORS Over Clinical Cut Off.

3) Saw Tooth Pattern.