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)
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:
- Staff obtain written consent from clients to participate and gather demographic data (e.g., length of time “clean”).
- 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.
- All measures are administered the same day our clients enter our program, and every month thereafter until completion of our IOP.
- We ask about “clean time” every month after clients leave treatment.
- 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.
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.
- We have partnered with Vista Research Group to track client outcomes. Because the Vista program is all online, we use less paper!
- We now tracking symptoms every week, as opposed to every month.
- Because client satisfaction is important, we now ask about that every week.