Outcomes and Intentions: A Year In Review

In today’s blog post, we want to look at our outcomes for 2016 and then look ahead to our intentions for the coming year.

At Columbus Park, we do not set New Year’s Resolutions per se (in my opinion, the jury is still out on whether or not New Year’s Resolutions are effective), but we do believe in setting strong intentions. In 2017, our team at Columbus Park intends to provide the BEST outpatient treatment that we can to the clients that we serve. We intend to continue growing and learning to offer the highest quality, specialized treatment available along with the latest in evidence-based practices. Year after year, we set the bar higher for ourselves, to ensure we can set the bar higher for you!

You may remember from our 2016 “How Are We Doing” blog post, that we base our success on two things:

  • Satisfaction rates (how satisfied are our clients with their client-clinician relationship and their therapeutic process)
  • How our patients are doing (rate of improvement, measured via effect size)

Back in the fall of 2016, our effect size (magnitude of change) was at a .87, which is considered “highly effective.”

  • Effect sizes of 0.8 or larger= large or “highly effective”
  • Effect sizes of .5 to .8=moderately large or “effective”
  • Effect size of .3 or less=are small; likely equivalent to no treatment at all

We are proud to report that we ended 2016 having exceeded our expectations, with an effect size up even higher: a whopping .92 for 2016!

Not a numbers person? What these number show is that in real time, 69% of our practice patients had measurable improvement with the vast majority “significantly improved.”

So what does this mean to you? Here at Columbus Park, 69% of our practice patients reported having measurable improvement with the vast majority “significantly improved.”

For those of you who have read our latest blog post on rates of recovery you will have learned that recovery in Eating Disorders are achievable in time, though often, due to the persistence of the disorders, many sufferers go in and out of treatments during their lifetimes. It is quite an achievement to report to our followers and families that the “long and windy road of eating disorder recovery”* is being maneuvered beautifully by the clients in our clinic. These results are once again very encouraging.

How do we track our success?

Glad you asked! At Columbus Park eating disorder clinic in New York, NY, we utilize a survey questionnaire from ACORN (A Collaborative Outcomes Resource Network) designed specifically for eating disorder patients.  See our last outcomes blog here for more information about ACORN for tracking patient progress.

What are your intentions for 2017?

If your answer is ‘seeking treatment for an eating disorder,’ then learn more about outpatient treatment in New York and do not hesitate to reach out. At Columbus Park, we’ve assembled a team of experts to treat eating disorders and their co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety. We offer treatment to clients of all ages-adults, adolescents and children.

When it comes to choosing a provider, inform yourself and ask questions about their eating disorder outcomes.  The best providers will be eager to share their method and their results.

*Goodman, JD, McKay, JR, DePhilippis, D, Progress Monitoring in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment:  A Means of Improving Care, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 2013, Vol. 44, No. 4, 231–246.