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Measurement-Based Care Makes Sovereign Health the Right Choice

Choosing a program for patients with mental health and addiction issues is challenging. There are so many options and it is hard to tell what distinguishes one network from another. But medical organizations and experts agree – using measurement-based care (MBC) in treating patients promotes better outcomes. Scientific research has shown the same.

What Is Measurement-Based Care?

Measurement-based care (MBC) can be defined as the practice of basing clinical care on client data collected throughout treatment. By measuring symptoms from the patient’s perspective before, during and after treatment, clinicians gather valuable information that is used to help treatment teams:

  • Determine the appropriate level of care
  • Monitor patient progress
  • Adjust therapy or medications as needed
  • Become aware of “red flag” symptoms, such as suicidal thoughts
  • Evaluate treatment program effectiveness

In compliance with MBC practices, patients treated at Sovereign Health independently complete standardized questionnaires that are scored and used by treatment teams to guide care. The data is sent to an independent psychiatric performance evaluation service for quarterly analysis and comparison with 50 other leading treatment centers. According to the quarterly analyses from January 2016 to present, Sovereign has consistently ranked above the national comparison group for their overall scores.

The MBC instrument used is the Behavior and Symptoms Identification Scale (BASIS-24®),  a scientifically tested and widely used MBC tool consisting of 24 questions that is administered to patients before and after residential treatment. The questions ask patients to rate their symptoms and functional impairments on a five-point scale. (Click here to see a sample of the BASIS-24® questionnaire.)

The BASIS-24® is designed for use by mental health providers, researchers, purchasers of mental health services, accreditation agencies and internal quality assurance departments to measure improvement or deterioration of self-reported patient symptoms and problems before and after treatment. The results are used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment, services and care from the perspective of the patient across the six main areas, including:

  • Self-harm and suicide risk
  • Depression and ability to function
  • Relationships and interpersonal behavior
  • Emotional lability (mood swings)
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use
  • Overall symptoms

Sovereign Consistently Ranks High on Outcomes

Sovereign Health has surpassed the national average performance of other comparable organizations. The quarterly reports also indicate that Sovereign’s Health’s residential patients experience, on average, a higher level of improvement in their symptoms and functional deficits from admission to discharge compared to nearly 30,000 patients from 50 other behavioral health organizations across the country.

For example, this graph illustrates the remarkable results residential patients at Sovereign Health typically experience (from 2017 fourth quarter BASIS-24® results). The black bars illustrate patients’ symptom severity before treatment at Sovereign Health compared to after treatment (shown in grey).

Sovereign Treats Sicker Patients

Notably, at admission, Sovereign’s Health patients’ symptom scores tended to be higher than the national average on admission, meaning that patients are sicker at intake than those from the national comparison group. Despite having more severe symptoms on admission, patients treated at Sovereign Health usually have lower symptom scores than the national average after treatment. Specifically, Sovereign Health patients show particularly dramatic improvement in the following areas:

  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Emotional lability (mood swings)
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use
  • Overall symptoms

Sovereign Health’s Consistent Excellence

The graph below shows how Sovereign Health not only ranks above the national comparison group but maintains a much higher than the upper expected level of results over a two-year period:

Making Informed Decisions

A treatment center’s track record is important when choosing the best option for you or a loved one (for more information about what to look for in picking a rehab and other considerations, click here). The independent data above prove that Sovereign Health is a leader in behavioral health care thanks to our experienced and compassionate doctors and therapists. Learn more about our specialized programs and services by calling our 24/7 helpline at (866) 698-4295.

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