Evaluation: Post-Discharge Outcomes

Homewood Research Institute has successfully developed a system for measuring post-discharge outcomes among individuals treated for addictions. The Post-Discharge Outcomes Monitoring System is the first of its kind in Canada and provides a thorough, ongoing and quantifiable understanding of what happens once patients are discharged from residential care.

Launched in 2015, the system has followed the recovery journey of patients discharged from Homewood Health Centre for up to one year in order to measure changes in key indicators of recovery over time. The next phase of this initiative involves expanding the system by tailoring its tools to measure outcomes among those treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The goal is simple: to better understand what works and why. Data from HRI’s Post-Discharge Outcomes Monitoring System will enable us to evaluate the long-term impacts of treatment interventions, and will inform evidence-based care for individuals across Canada.

Research Bulletins and Reports




September 2017 AMS 12-Month Outcome Report  What does recovery look like at 12-months post-treatment for addiction? This infographic provides a glimpse into early findings from the Recovery Journey Project — an outcome monitoring system designed to assess changes in multiple indicators of recovery.
June 2017 Examining the Role of Therapeutic Alliance in Patient Recovery How much does the quality of patient-therapist relationships affect outcomes? Our research reveals that therapeutic alliance helps to set people up for success.
March 2017 HRI Releases Early Findings From Post-Discharge Outcome Evaluation The efficacy of addiction treatment can be measured in a number of ways. As part of HRI’s outcome monitoring system, we explore how drinking behaviours change from before admission to post-discharge.
December 2016 Assessing the Road to Recovery An overview of HRI’s Post-Discharge Outcomes (PDO) Monitoring System and how we are setting a new standard in post-discharge evaluations.



The development and implementation of an outcome monitoring system for addiction treatment
Costello, Mary Jean • Ropp, Courtney • Sousa, Sarah • Woo, Wendi • Vedelago, Harry, • Rush, Brian

Abstract: Routine outcome monitoring is critical for evaluating quality and effectiveness of mental health and addiction (MHA) services. This paper describes the development, design and implementation of an outcome monitoring system (OMS) within an inpatient addiction treatment program, presents feasibility findings from pilot testing and early implementation, and shares lessons learned.