What Is Goal-Directed Treatment Planning?
Tracking progress and avoiding 'therapeutic drift'
Dr. Barry Nurcombe of the University of Queensland describes an approach he developed years ago that is unfortunately still not as widespread as it should be: goal directed treatment planning. In essence, it means that every intervention for psychiatric illness should have a desired outcome and a way to monitor progress and assess treatment efficacy. Otherwise, says Dr. Nurcombe, you get “treatment drift” that’s not good for anyone, particularly a young patient.