Why Do Measurement-Based Care?

“If you’ve had 10,000 hours of training in a predictable, rapid-feedback environment — chess, firefighting, anesthesiology — then blink. In all other cases, think.” —The New York Times Book Review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Psychotherapists, like many other professions, lack feedback systems. Unlike anesthesiologists, when our intervention misses the mark, we rarely see pain spike or breathing stop. But change this and give therapists regular feedback about patient progress, and you see improved outcomes, faster response rates, and better clinical decision-making to fix lack of progress. With feedback, we think instead of blink, and our clients get better.

So why don’t all therapists regularly monitor psychotherapy progress with all patients?  Because it’s hard to make it a habit.

Therefore, a major initiative at PracticeGround is to help therapists build the habit of measurement-based care. Thanks to initial funding from NIMH, we are now putting the final touches on our Online Progress Tracking software (beta version scheduled for release in early 2014). With easy-to-use interfaces and brief, standardized online measures, therapists and clients can track problems and symptoms, as well as positive indicators such as quality of life.

Would you like to be on the shortlist of near and dear for the beta release and give it a spin in your practice? We plan to offer preferential pricing to early adopters who help us launch. Our goal is to reach a self-sufficient scale like Costco, where high-quality products can be offered at lower prices because we invest in our colleagues’ success.

If you have a sec, tell me what measures you want included in the first release. Let me know, too, if you want an invitation to the Friends Circle when we launch Online Progress Tracking. Or let me know any thoughts or comments you have about measurement-based care. We are all facing increasing demands for accountability and I’d love to hear what matters to you.