PCI Westlake Centers: Research

Compassionate healing, innovative treatment & research.

Our goal as an institute is to show evidence for why our treatment works, and is better than “average.”  We have a bias, and the best way to “check” that bias is through the scientific method (i.e., research). We hope to confirm, scientifically, how effective our unique combination of group and individual therapy is. We believe our focus on building healthier relationships and other domains of wellness, is the best way to help clients heal.

PCI Outcome Research Program (ORP)colorful symbols x 

Phase 1: After careful discussion, the staff chose the PROMIS measures, created by the American Psychiatric Association, to track client symptom change. Here’s how phase 1 of the ORP is happening:

  1. Staff obtain written consent from clients to participate and gather demographic data (e.g., length of time “clean”).
  2. We administer PROMIS symptom measures focusing on key clinical issues like anger, depression, anxiety, “somatic” experiences, repetitive thoughts/behaviors, sleep, and mania. We also administer the PROMIS “Global Health Questionnaire” as a means of understanding our clients’ overall sense of health and well-being.
  3. All measures are administered the same day our clients enter our program, and every month thereafter until completion of our IOP.
  4. We ask about “clean time” every month after clients leave treatment.
  5. After we collect enough data we will start our data analysis (see below).

Data Management: Our clinical team maintains a HIPAA compliant database of clients’ symptom measure scores and ensures timely administration of assessment measures.

Data Analysis:   Essentially, we will be publishing results right here on our website. Moreover, we hope to publish a scientific paper on our outcomes for peer review.  Typically, we will use “tests” like a “T-score” to see how clients symptoms change over time.  We include ideas like length of time “sober”, symptom changes, use of family therapy, and many more in our data analysis.

Timetables: We hope to provide updates every 6 months.

Phase 2: Because we are Joint Commission certified, we are always looking for ways to improve our methods. Therefore, we have started phase 2 of the ORP. Below are the changes in phase 2 of the ORP.

  1. We have partnered with Vista Research Group to track client outcomes. Because the Vista program is all online, we use less paper!
  2. We now tracking symptoms every week, as opposed to every month.
  3. Because client satisfaction is important, we now ask about that every week.

The rest of the ORP is the same, with small tweaks due to new measures and more frequent surveys.

Latest Outcomes

We have begun analyzing our 2018 outcomes, and below you will find the beginnings of our data analysis process. We compare our data the SAMHSA national outcome data.


Here’s a brief snapshot of our data:

Number of Patients or (N): 70

Percentage of patients on psychotropic medications: 79%

Percentage of patients attending peer/recovery support groups: 93%

Average number of IOP sessions used: 25