According to the Kennedy Forum, symptom rating scales can be administered in a range of clinical settings and are highly acceptable to patients and providers. Measurement-based care can be incorporated into routine care regardless of the characteristics of the patient population, or the treatment philosophy and training background of providers.
Patients perceive symptom rating scales to be efficient, complementary of their provider’s clinical judgment and as evidence that their providers are taking their behavioral health problems seriously. In addition, most providers find symptom rating scales helpful in monitoring response to treatment and prompting treatment changes such as change in antidepressant dose, adding or switching medications, starting psychotherapy, or asking more questions about suicide.
Despite the evidence for effectiveness, acceptability, feasibility, and professional endorsement of measurement-based care, there has been limited adoption of MBC through symptom rating scales for both specialty behavioral providers and primary care providers who treat mental health and substance use disorders.