Show Me the Evidence

| December 9, 2013
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Increasing demand for a evidence based approach in psychotherapy

Living in Missouri for a number of years, I eventually absorbed the pragmatic character of the “Show Me” state. These days, I want to be shown the evidence before I believe what someone tells me.

Of course, in this day and age, it seems that everyone is becoming a Missourian. They want to see the evidence of policy outcomes from politicians, business decision outcomes from CEOs and treatment outcomes from physicians. Even psychotherapy is finding itself faced with a demand to implement an evidence-based approach. In a world increasingly populated by better educated people with more developed critical thinking skills, the days of blindly accepting an authority's feelings and conclusions are becoming a thing of the past. Furthermore, in a time when healthcare costs need to be brought down, the evidence-based practice holds promise of playing a major role.

The road to an evidence-based practice begins with and travels right through the integration of feedback-informed treatment applications into therapy. This approach makes the client a partner in determining and achieving their therapeutic goals. Using a feedback-informed approach is the most intuitively simple way for the therapist to engage the client and strengthen the therapeutic alliance. And, as everyone knows, the therapeutic alliance is one of the best predictors of successful outcomes.

In today's market, therapists can find many devices claiming to be outcomes measures. But that is all they really are; Claims. There are only two evidence based outcome tools in SAMSHA's National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs (NREPP). One is the OQ-Analyst. The other is MyOutcomes. Of the two, only MyOutcomes is exceptionally quick in its administration, thereby making it ideal to incorporate into every therapy session. Furthermore, MyOutcomes directly measures the therapeutic alliance. Therapists, who use MyOutcomes, know that this measurement  plays a critical role in strengthening the client-therapist bond.

In a world that continues to move towards evidence-based outcomes, MyOutcomes, in its role as market leader, offers another advantage to any forward thinking therapist with its Expected Treatment Response graph (ETR). The ETR plots session-by-session outcomes measurements, enabling the therapist and client the opportunity to visualize the progress being made. And as any therapist knows, being able to visualize success is a powerful reward.

Furthermore, administrators and supervisors can use MyOutcomes' Dashboard to obtain easy to understand system-wide alerts for clients who are at risk for poor outcomes or premature drop out. This information can play a major role in a speedy intervention that can turn things around for the client.

If this weren't enough, MyOutcomes feedback-informed treatment approach has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trails to reduce no-shows, reduce dropouts and increase successful outcomes (see Bohankse & Franczak, 2010; Duncan, Miller, Wampold, & Hubble, 2010; Reese, Norsworthy, and Rowlands, 2009; Anker, Duncan, & Sparks, 2009; Miller, Duncan; Brown, Sorrell, & Chalk, 2006).

For more information contact MyOutcomes on (250) 763-4775 or 1 877 763-4775 (international toll-free).

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Category: Evidence Based Psychotherapy

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