Better Outcomes Now Blog

The Three Faces of the Outcome Rating Scale

The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) is the first of two brief, user-friendly measures employed by the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS). The ORS measures client benefit from services...

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STAR*D Exposed: Jackie Was Right!

A re-evaluation of the influential STAR*D study of antidepressants has exposed it as a fraud, now recognized by the psychiatric community. Dr. Sparks was right.

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Top Ten Qualities of the Best Therapists

An often asked question is what makes one therapist better than another. This blog identifies ten therapist qualities that differentiate the best from the rest.

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What We've Been Up to at Better Outcomes Now

Better Outcomes Now or BON, the web application of the evidence-based practice, the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), is an empirically proven measurement-based care (MBC) system...

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Fear of Losing Face in China: Cultural Differences and Routine Outcome Monitoring

In the past two decades, psychotherapy has witnessed a significant development known as Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM), which has garnered recognition in global clinical practice. Nevertheless, its...

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The Myth of Multiple Outcome Measures

There is nothing wrong with using an additional outcome measure. For example, using the PHQ-9 as a periodic measure in addition to the every session Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) makes total sense with...

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Implementing Measurement Based Care

Measurement based care (MBC), sometimes called routine outcome monitoring (ROM) or systematic client feedback (our favored term), is gaining traction across behavioral health settings. In fact, it is...

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Nothing Wrong with Long Term Therapy, But...

A long time ago in a galaxy far away I became enamored of so-called, “brief therapy.” I appreciated longer term approaches, especially existential and client centered models, but I was drawn to the...

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The Alliance IS the Therapy

The fact of the matter is that the alliance is our most powerful ally and represents the most influence that we can have over outcome. The alliance is the soul of change. But it’s hard not to take it...

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Measurement Based Care To Become a Professional Practice Guideline

An article just published in the journal, Psychotherapy by Boswell et al advocated for measurement based care (MBC) to be recognized as a Professional Practice Guideline (PPG) for psychotherapy...

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