BASIS-Teen Pilot Project: McLean Hospital finds significant improvement in adolescents treated by Sovereign Health
Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS) is a reliable way to assess the outcomes of mental health treatment services. The scale was developed in 1984 to determine the measures that can be implemented across clinical settings without increasing cost and witnessing other problems. To examine the overall impact of the treatment programs run by Sovereign Health, McLean Hospital conducted a survey on the adolescent patients treated at its facilities.
Being an interim report, it analyzes items instead of the domains of BASIS-Teen based on the data collected through Feb. 8, 2017. Since BASIS-Teen has not been validated like accepted scales, such as Pediatric Symptom Checklist for Youth (PSC-Y), Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale for Children (BPRS-C), the publishers of these valid tools shared the data calculated based on their comparison and reference. The primary goal of including data calculated by both BASIS-Teen and other valid scales was to emphasize upon the relevance of the survey. It also assisted in providing impartial evidence about the quality of treatment and services offered to teenagers.
Findings of BASIS-Teen Pilot Survey
In the survey, teenagers, parents and clinicians were examined based on their response to a set of questions for each scale. While adolescent patients responded to over 24 questions at the time of admission and discharge, adolescent patients, parents/caregivers and clinicians replied to 35-item questionnaire of PSC-Y, 35-item questionnaire of PSC and over 21-item questionnaire of BPRS-C, respectively. The clinical outcomes were evaluated by comparing the admission and discharge scores (difficulty levels). This helped to assess the quality of treatment and services provided by Sovereign Health.