CARE REPORT OUTCOMES
In a healthcare sector where treatment outcomes are increasingly important, clear outcome reports are key. How these reports are structured is crucial. Are the treatments correctly defined? Can we determine the outcomes applicable to our practice? How do we link treatments to outcomes?
It is equally crucial that these reports are sufficiently comprehensive so that patients, practitioners and board members can interpret effects correctly. The SAM Healthcare Monitor sample reports below include reports centred around a specific measuring instrument, as well as reports in which several measuring instruments are combined to form a single outcome indicator.
Results mean nothing without context. What are the patient characteristics? What is the level of demand for care? What was the duration of the treatment? All the reports below allow for selection of these context parameters.
CARE REPORT OUTCOMES: BSI
The Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) is used to evaluate a variety of psychiatric and/or physical symptom dimensions. It contains 53 items covering nine sub-scales, and is an abbreviated version of the SCL-90 instrument. This measuring instrument provides a substantial amount of information.
In the report below, the results per sub-scale are shown in an average T-score. The treatment effect is shown in the Reliable Change Index (RCI), making it clear what percentage of the selected treatments show improvement (green), deterioration (red) or no significant difference (grey).
CARE REPORT OUTCOMES: HONOS
The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) is an observation list filled out by the practitioner, not the patient. It is used to evaluate the patient’s psychological and social functioning. The following three HoNOS versions are used to assess specific age groups: HoNOS-12 (Working-age adults), HoNOS-CA (Children and Adolescents) and HoNOS-65+ (Older adults). HoNOS contains a total of 12 scales showing the distribution of the answers. The score is also expressed in a Reliable Change Index (RCI) to provide an immediate overview of the treatment outcomes.
OUTCOMES IN T-SCORE AND RELIABLE CHANGE
Practitioners require a better overview of treatment outcomes. The report below is an example showing these outcomes as T-score and as Reliable Change. The number (n) of treatments is shown, allowing the report’s value to be assessed. This report can be displayed at organisational, departmental and practitioner level.
In order to improve treatments, healthcare providers need to know what effects treatments are having, what the objectives of these are and whether these objectives are actually being achieved. The overview below shows the effects achieved by treatment goal in relation to the objective. This means that there is always an up-to-date overview of the results achieved within the organisation or department, and that adjustments can be made where necessary.