While we believe that we offer the finest in psychiatric care, Four Winds has never been content to simply make assumptions about the effectiveness of our treatment
programs. For more than 15 years we have invested in an on-going series of projects designed to provide information regarding the effectiveness of our treatment programs. These projects have included studies of both short and long term outcome, and research into the satisfaction of our patients and their families with the care they have received.
For all cases passing through a Four Winds treatment program, quantitative information is collected from clinicians, patients, and family members. This information is used to track both the reduction in patients’ symptoms and distress, and the improvement in their functioning during the course of their treatment while at Four Winds. In addition, in a series of separate studies patients have been contacted at various times after they have left Four Winds to measure the continuing impact of our treatment on their longer term outcome, to better understand how our discharge planning helps to facilitate their transition to alternate levels of care, and to determine the level of satisfaction with Four Winds that patients and their families experience once they have moved on to other settings and can look back at their treatment here with a broader perspective. Through these studies we have been able to identify our areas of greatest success, and we have been able to systematically improve our treatment programs.
Studies conducted to date have included:
• 30 and 120 day follow-ups of patients treated in our Inpatient Programs.
• 30 and 120 day follow-up of patients treated in the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program.
• One year follow-up of medication and treatment compliance in adolescent inpatients.
• Five year follow-up of adolescent inpatients to identify predictors of long term functioning.
• Hospital-wide satisfaction survey of patients and families.
• Externally funded studies of post-discharge treatment compliance and predictors of treatment response in adolescents and children.
In an effort to insure the quality and integrity of the research conducted at Four Winds, data from these studies are routinely presented at scientific meetings and published in referred journals. Also, external funding is sought on a competitive basis to support these research efforts. To date, Four Winds outcomes research projects have led to more than 50 published articles and abstracts in scientific journals and more than 125 scientific presentations at national and international conferences. Studies conducted at Four Winds have received national research awards and have received funding both from private industry and from the federal government.
For more information about Four Winds Clinical Outcome Research, please contact David Pogge, Ph.D., director of psychology, research and training, at 1-800-528-6624, ext. 2567.