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Outcomes

Odyssey Health Services utilizes evidence-based treatment, specifically targeted at a patient’s presenting problem(s) to result in a high level of successful functional outcome for patients who receive treatment through our services.

Patients with complex or protracted difficulties will most often receive interdisciplinary assessment and, if appropriate treatment.

There is considerable evidence in the scientific literature that such interdisciplinary intervention can achieve very good outcomes with respect to assisting patients in increasing function, including patients who are disabled with respect to returning to employment.  For the treatment of chronic pain, a useful reference is:  Gatchel, R.J. and Okifuji, A. (2006) Evidence-Based Scientific Data Documenting the Treatment and Cost Effectiveness of Comprehensive Pain Programs for Chronic Non-Malignant Pain.  The Journal of Pain, 7, 11, 779-793.  Dr. Marlin published a study in the American Journal of Medicine in 1998 looking at outcomes for interdisciplinary treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome:  Marlin, R.G., Anchel, H., Gibson, J.C., Goldberg, W.M. and Swinton, M. (2008) An Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Intervention for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Long-Term Follow-up and a Comparison with Untreated Controls.  The American Journal of Medicine, 105, 3A, 110S-114S.

Our own outcome data over the last five years for patients entering such interdisciplinary treatment are summarized in the table below.


 

There are also numerous studies in the scientific literature demonstrating that early intervention, targeted at specific risk factors for the development of protracted dysfunction and disability can successfully help patients either maintain function, including remaining at work or quickly returning to work after a period of absence.  Dr. Michael Sullivan has published a number of studies in this area, as has Dr. Steven Linton.  References are noted in the 'Resources' section of our website.

Odyssey Health Services has developed an early intervention treatment model based on this research and it is available in our CBT Counselling Services.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been demonstrated to be of significant value for a variety of both somatic and psychological difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, chronic pain disorders, etc.  The scientific literature supports positive outcomes with such patients on the order of 90% when effective treatment, targeted at a particular patient’s difficulty is implemented by skilled trained staff as soon as possible after the patient goes off work.  Our service has been able to obtain comparable outcomes with our CBT Counselling Services.