Tracking and reviewing Columbus Park patient progress and treatment outcomes is a central aspect of my role as Clinical Director of Columbus Park. It can be an especially gratifying practice since snapshots from our data collection give us a chance to see concretely, how we’re making a measurable difference in our patients’ lives.
At Columbus Park, my colleagues and I engage in regular treatment reviews with our clients to be sure that we’re meeting the central goals and objectives of our treatment. We analyze the data we collect from weekly patient surveys to evaluate our impact, both on an ongoing basis and at the end of each calendar year. I’m thrilled to report as we’ve passed the half year mark, that our data shows continued advancement as a practice with our outcomes growing stronger and stronger with time, further solidifying our position among the best outpatient centers in the country.
How are outcomes determined?
Columbus Park uses a survey questionnaire from ACORN (A Collaborative Outcomes Resource Network) designed specifically for eating disorder patients. Patients answer eleven questions about the frequency of problems and symptoms at the beginning of each treatment session on a tablet computer.
When the items on the questionnaires are viewed collectively, they provide a measure of what’s called Global Distress. Global Distress is the factor common to virtually all patient self-report outcome measures used in psychotherapy, and it allows Columbus Park data to be compared against ACORN’s database of over 750,000 cases.
What are our latest patient outcomes?
85% our patients start out treatment in the “clinical range.” This means that at the time of the initial intake, these individuals reported greater severity of symptoms than typically found in an outpatient treatment sample. Knowing symptoms severity at the start of treatment, we can track just how much these patients improved during their treatment course. To do this, we use a statistical measurement called “effect size” which represents the magnitude of treatment effect (improvement from treatment) over time.
To put this in perspective, it’s important to note that effect sizes of .80 or larger = large or highly effective, effect sizes of .50 to .80 = moderately large or effective and effect sizes of .30 or less = small or likely equivalent to no treatment at all.
At 1.1 in 2018, Columbus Park is “well above the threshold to be classified as highly effective care.”
Why are these outcomes significant?
It is our shared goal at Columbus Park to provide the best outpatient treatment possible to those that we serve. By tracking patient outcomes, we are able to continuously learn and grow, allowing us to offer the highest quality, specialized treatment available, along with the latest in evidence-based practices.
When it comes to seeking treatment for an eating disorder, I recommend that you always inquire about patient outcomes. The best providers will be eager to share their methods and their results with you.
Columbus Park is the leading outpatient eating disorder treatment center in New York City. We’ve been delivering expert evidence-based treatment for eating disorders for over a decade. Our outcomes demonstrate that the treatment we offer is high-quality and effective, delivered in the least restrictive setting possible. Learn more about the premier evidence-based, outpatient treatment center for eating disorders.