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Evidence for the Effectiveness, Relevance and Value of Our Treatment

To promote quality improvement, the Austen Riggs Center, strives continuously to collect and analyze measures of patient satisfaction, family satisfaction, demographics, and clinical change.  At the beginning and end of treatment at Austen Riggs, we measure an individual’s symptom severity and assess their overall level of functioning.  As an integral part of our clinical practice, we use this information to help us meet our Center-wide goal of improving the quality of care we provide for our patients as well as meet our organizational commitment to accountability and transparency. We also consider the satisfaction data collected from patient and family surveys essential components to helping us understand how they experienced the care provided.

We have created an overview of this outcome related data for our website and will periodically update the information.  Although, we cannot report on all of the outcome data we collect, we have chosen a select set of information that we believe provides patients, their families and interested clinicians with a sense of the type of patients we serve and how they respond to the treatment offered at Austen Riggs. 

The three pillars of our treatment approach include:

1.) Patient authority and responsibility

2.) The importance of relationships

3.) The discovery of meanings

The results from a variety of assessment measures demonstrates that our patients achieve both statistical and clinically significant improvement so that they can lead more independent and productive lives.

 

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