Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) has a large body of research to support its efficacy. The most important research basis for FIT is that two things have been proven to affect the behavioral health outcome the most: 1) early change in treatment and 2) the alliance between the client and the practitioner, as rated by the client. For practitioners using FIT, data collection occurs at every visit as opposed to the commonly used pre and post assessment method. By collecting data each time a client is seen, practitioners are continually checking to see if the treatment is working for the client, and are trained to make adjustments in the treatment based on the data.
The most commonly used measures in FIT are the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and the Session Rating Scale (SRS). These two assessments are brief, valid, reliable and sensitive to change, which make them ideal for providing frequent and vital information that practitioners can rely on to tailor the treatment. FIT is data-driven practice in its most true sense.
BHEStrategies provides training workshops on the 4 core FIT competencies:
1) Research Foundation, 2) Implementation 3) Measurement and Reporting, and 4) Continuous Professional Improvement. Workshops also include practice administering the ORS and SRS measures and interpreting the results.
To receive a FIT workshop and implementation quote, email Rikke Addis at Rikke@BHEStrategies.com or text/call (916) 420-5181
FIT has a large international community of practitioners, academics, and educators who are continually researching and writing about how to improve behavioral health practice. The International Center for Clinical Excellence provides valuable resources and guidance to FIT trainers and practitioners.
A relatively new addition to FIT is the concept of deliberate practice. Deliberate practice allows clinicians to develop their own individualized improvement plans to enhance their own effectiveness. This approach is used in many other fields, such as music and sports, but has not traditionally been applied to the behavioral health field.
When trained in FIT, clinicians will be given tools to track their own performance and to develop their own plans for continually increasing their own effectiveness.
The platform allows FIT practitioners to enter ORS and SRS scores and get real-time trend data to see how the client scored in previous sessions.
BHEStrategies partners with the OpenFIT developers to help sites implement FIT using state-of-the art technology to become data-driven.