Is measurement-based care (MBC) effective for SMI?

A great deal of research shows that Measurement-Based Care (MBC) has a favorable impact on recovery from SMI.

  • MBC increases the likelihood for improvement and even recovery
  • MBC provides expert guidance for a care team’s treatment choices
  • MBC can detect early if a treatment is not helping so adjustments can be made
  • MBC bolsters an individual’s participation in treatment

Learn more about common myths around SMI and treatment, including measurement-based care. See our infographic on this topic.



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