“Do you have an app for the ORS and SRS?” That’s the message that greeted me in my inbox this morning when I made it into the office. I was so happy to be able to write back and say, “Yes, absolutely!” In addition to two web-based systems for administering, scoring, tracking, and aggregating ORS and SRS scores, the Therapy Outcome Management System (TOMS) app is now available!
The simple and easy to use app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod administers, scores, and plots ORS and SRS scores in real time. As such, it’s perfect for agencies, directors of clinical training programs, group practices, clinics, and private practices. As readers of this blog know, a sizable and growing body of evidence has demonstrated that incorporating client feedback into care improves both retention and effectiveness.
Grad student Nick Wiarda developed the app. His dissertation research investigated the impact of technology on the therapeutic alliance. Briefly, clients from a semi-rural primary care clinic completed the SRS (Session Rating Scale) in paper and pencil format, or via an iPad, or on a desktop computer. Importantly, no differences were found between the groups, indicating that the technology used does not impact peoples’ ability or willingness to provide feedback.
The bottom line? TOMS helps clinicians get the feedback they need efficiently and effectively—and I can add elegantly. Check it out!
Update: If you are looking to add the ORS, SRS and associated algorithms to an existing Electronic Health Record, Case Management System or eMental Health application take a look at openFIT developed by ACE Health.