2017-2018 Outcomes in Review

As you may have learned in last week’s blog about Outcomes-Informed Care, Columbus Park is committed to ongoing treatment reviews with each client to ensure goals are being met in treatment and that strong therapeutic alliances lead to consistently high success rates in our clients. We utilize this and other collected data to evaluate our effect size (magnitude of change), both ongoing and at the end of each calendar year.

We are pleased to report that this year, our data has demonstrated continued improvement in our 2017-2018 outcomes, further solidifying our position among the best outpatient centers in the country.

In 2016, we identified our effect size (magnitude of change) at 0.87, which is considered “highly effective” and was a figure we were extremely proud of; a figure that is only achievable through the delivery of world-class, gold-standard eating disorder treatments. In 2017, our effect size was measured at a whopping .92!

                        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

This past year, we continued working diligently, expanding on our current skills, and integrating more professional development and training in advanced practices.

We are proud to report that our practice has achieved an effect size of 1.03.

67 percent of our practice patients had measurable improvement with the majority “significantly improved” and demonstrating magnitudes of change that are exceptional.

What does this number mean for prospective clients?

Recovery from an eating disorder is achievable in time, though often, due to the persistence of these disorders, many sufferers enter and exit treatments multiple times during their lifetimes. Through the use of outcomes-informed care, continuing education and via our highly skilled clinicians, our clients and families continue to report that the road to recovery, while bumpy, is supportive and effective. Our high-quality interventions and ongoing reviews lead to improved treatment adherence, lower drop-out rates and better outcomes. These results should feel highly encouraging and motivating to those in our care, and those considering seeking treatment.

What methods do we use to track our clients’ progress?

At Columbus Park eating disorder center in New York, NY, we utilize a survey questionnaire from ACORN (A Collaborative Outcomes Resource Network) designed specifically for eating disorder patients. Learn more about our weekly tracking and review process here!

Do you plan to identify any goals for your treatment in 2018? 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 and continue to demonstrate our dedication to the field by providing the best in gold-standard treatments.

As always, when it comes to choosing a provider, do not hesitate to inform yourself and ask questions about their eating disorder outcomes. The best providers will be eager to share their methods and their results. We proudly present you with our 2017-2018 effect size in an effort to remain transparent.


*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.