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Measure Improved Wellbeing or Symptom Reduction?

Do you agree that mental health outcomes need to be assessed more routinely? Have you read the research demonstrating that regularly seeking feedback from clients using standardized, self-report measures, helps mental health providers identify and address power imbalances, promoting equitable care by creating a more collaborative relationship. Did you read:

Research has shown that: regularly checking in with clients’ and adjusting the therapeutic approach to address their preferences can lead to significant improvements in treatment outcomes, including:

  • reduced dropout rates,

  • increased satisfaction with care,

  • and reduced symptoms of mental health conditions.

If you are a leader in a health care system that continues to struggle to find valid and feasible ways to employ quality measures you may want to watch this brief clip from a recent FIT Pro Development Community Live Q&A. My answer is about 10 minutes long! It’s mostly about the benefits and pros and cons of measuring improved wellbeing and symptom reduction to routinely monitor progress report outcomes. It ends with a call to action for clinical directors, chief science officers, supervisors, and mental health service providers.


FIT Pro Development Community Live Q&A

“What measurement can we use for all clients and programs?


New Measurement-Based Care Outcomes Training

If you think it is interesting, there is a new one hour Measurement-Based Care Outcomes Training all about it. This course was developed to focus on one aspect of measurement-based care that is often difficult for teams to come to consensus on, and that is, “What measurement can we use for all clients and programs?

Unlike other resources developed by the APA , CORC, JC etc..., this course will not provide a detailed examination of the myriad of instruments that have been developed and validated, instead we will explore the question of, "What is best to measure; improved wellbeing or symptom reduction?"

Here is a direct link for FIT Pro Development Community members


50% off MBC Outcome Training, Jan 14-20

From now till January 20th, the Measurement-Based Care Outcomes Training:

Improved Wellbeing vs Symptom Reduction Program can also be purchased for half price. Use discount code: MBC 50% off Sign-up Now:


Measurement-Based Care Outcomes Training:

Improved Wellbeing vs Symptom Reduction

Program Overview

Improved Well-being vs Symptom Reduction

3 steps

  • Can improved wellbeing be measured objectively?

  • Do clients prefer wellbeing or symptom measures?

  • Activity 1

The Benefits of Focusing on Improved Wellbeing 6 steps

  • Is improved wellbeing a better outcome measure?

  • Symptom reduction ≠ improved wellbeing

  • Symptom reduction may not address underlying issue

  • Improved wellbeing = improved physical health

  • Patients who prioritize wellbeing do better

  • Activity 2

The Role of Clinicians in Promoting Wellbeing 4 steps

  • What are some challenges in measuring wellbeing?

  • Do effects vary by psychotherapy intervention?

  • Studies that support the use of wellbeing measures

  • Activity 3

A Call to Action for Leaders & Clinical Directors 1 step

  • Which Measure Truly Reflects Psychotherapy Success


Use discount code: MBC 50% off

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