A recent article published in The Globe and Mail provides insight on how patient questionnaires can revolutionize mental health care in Canada. While there are a variety of clinical tests available to track patients’ progress in other specialities, the area of mental health doesn’t seem to have a widely accepted approach to tracking patients’ improvement or the lack thereof.
Advocates believe the adoption of feedback surveys – a form of patient-reported outcomes – will transform mental health care for many patients. This approach requires the patient to complete a survey on their mood, symptoms, and progress before each appointment, which can catch declines early in the treatment process, allowing therapists to fill treatment gaps. In research, the routine feedback-informed approach allows clinicians to pinpoint the patients who are not improving in therapy, preventing them from dropping out from studies.
Patients can use DADOS to fill out surveys each visit, and DADOS can provide you with real-time reports, allowing you to track your patients’ progress and make timely treatment adjustments as needed.