McLean Hospital: The Behavior and Symptoms Identification Scale
As a Joint Commission accredited facility, Sovereign Health’s clinical outcomes are externally evaluated by recognized expert organizations like McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate. These evaluations provide unbiased evidence about the quality of treatment and services Sovereign provides to adolescents and adults who have trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, substance use disorders, mental disorders and co-occurring disorders.
The Behavior and Symptoms Identification Scale (BASIS-24) is a leading behavioral health assessment tool with established psychometric properties that is administered to patients at admission and discharge in inpatient or residential treatment. The scale uses patient feedback from 24 items that ask them to rate their symptoms and function over the course of treatment. Patients rate their symptoms and functional impairments on a five-point scale.
The results are used by mental health providers, researchers, purchasers of mental health services, accreditation agencies, and internal quality assurance departments to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s treatment, services and care from the perspective of the patient across the six domain scores [depression/functioning, relationship/interpersonal competence, psychosis, substance abuse, emotional lability (for example, mood swings) and self-harm].
BASIS-24 Symptom Domains
McLean eBASIS provides an indication of how patients’ psychiatric symptoms and functional deficits change over the course of residential or inpatient treatment. Patients rate their symptoms and functional difficulty on a scale ranging from 0 (none) to 4 (extreme).
An overall score and six symptom domain scores are produced based on the patient self-reported data collected at admission, at different points during the treatment course, and at discharge:
- Relationship/interpersonal competence
- Substance abuse
- Emotional lability (mood swings and other atypical emotions)