Getting Started on Measurement Based Care

Measurement based care is an evidence-based process that engages patients in tracking their progress and understanding the results. This approach is designed to increase client engagement, reduce drop-out rates and improve treatment outcomes. It is also proven to help clinicians evaluate treatment effectiveness and case manage off-track clients.

Symptom Rating Scales Are Standard Part of Valant’s EHR Software

Over 65 validated symptom rating scales are available in the Valant Behavioral Health EHR. These scales are easy to implement and make it easier for therapists to chart a patient’s data over time, providing insight into what works and what doesn’t. This allows therapists to create customized treatment plans that are unique to the patient and improve clinical decision making.

Getting Started on Measurement-Based Care

Despite its widespread use in research trials, symptom rating scales are still infrequently used by psychiatric providers. This is a major problem in the field because it can lead to under-treatment of patients, poor matching between clinicians and patients and ineffective responses to deterioration.

To combat these inefficiencies, it is imperative that measurement-based care practices have a robust and reliable EHR system that automates the administration of validated symptom rating scales. Investing in a robust EHR that integrates symptom rating scales into the practice’s workflow can help ensure therapists are able to provide the best care possible and help achieve value-based reimbursement goals.

Take Action – Discuss Outcome Measures Regularly with the Patient

The most effective measurement-based care practices have a consistent, routine approach to using outcome measures to track progress. This allows for patients to feel empowered and engaged in their treatment, as well as allow clinicians to better understand a patient’s psychiatric condition. This is important for helping to build a strong therapeutic alliance and improving overall clinical outcomes.

Historically, measurement-based care has focused on self-report data that is collected prior to and during the clinical encounter. This is a major limitation as the patient’s perceptions of their own progress may only reflect a narrow band of functioning. Alternatively, an alternative approach to measurement-based care involves collecting data at regular intervals and providing clinician feedback. This approach is reflected in Figure 1A, which depicts traditional measurement-based care, and Figure 1B, which depicts measurement-based care with in-session feedback from the clinician.