Research on how FIT can improve outcomes started in the 80's and 90's and even though it was clear that FIT outcomes have a positive impact, it was difficult to apply in practice, as the instruments used were extremely lengthy.
A group of researchers including Dr. Scott Miller, Founder of The International Center for Clinical Excellence, aimed at creating brief versions of these measures so that they could be applied more regularly during sessions. Thus came into being two brief scales called the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and the Session Rating Scale (SRS) that measure how a client is doing and how the therapist is faring in helping them. These scales are so brief that they take only a minute to complete and are designed to be administered at the beginning and end of each therapy session.
A number of researches and several randomized clinical trials have since shown the benefits of using these measures of feedback in therapy. Some of the proven FIT benefits are:
- â€œTotal program costs were reduced by 10 to 35 percent while outcomes and satisfaction improved.â€ Bohanske, R. T., & Franczak, M. (2010). â€œTransforming public behavioral health care: A case example of consumer–directed services, recovery, and the common factors.â€ In B. L. Duncan, S. D. Miller, B. E. Wampold, & M. A. Hubble (Eds), The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy (2nd ed., pp. 299-322). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/12075-010
- â€œSuccess rates increased in one study by 65 percent and by as much as 100 percent in others.â€ (Anker, Duncn, & Sparks, 2009; Miller, Duncan, Brown, Sorrell, & Chalk, 2006). Independently confirmed by Reese, Norsworthy, and Rowlands, 2009.
- â€œCancellation rates declined by 40 percent and no-shows by 25 percent.â€ (Bohankse & Franczak, 2010; Duncan, Miller, Wampold, & Hubble, 2010).
- â€œLength of stay in psychotherapy was reduced by 40 to 50 percent across a broad range of behavioral health services.â€ (Bohanske & Franczak, 2010; Duncan, Miller, Wampold, & Hubble, 2010; Miller, Duncan, Sorrell, & Brown, 2005).
MyOutcomes has taken this science and developed a web-based tool where ORS and SRS can be filled directly using our software. Results can be derived almost instantly at the click of a button and depicted graphically for easy interpretation.