Treatment Planning

  • Time Course: Define an appropriate time frame for accomplishment of goals.
    • Reassessment is crucial to ascertain whether treatment is working or needs further modification. In the outpatient setting, reassessment may be done every few days to months; in the inpatient setting, treatment outcome is generally assessed within minutes to hours of intervention. By defining the time frame for treatment, all parties share the same set of expectations.
  • Treatment end: Active treatment may end if:
    • Treatment goals are met so treatment is no longer required.
    • The treatment has not worked despite appropriate adjustments. Other treatments may be used in its place.
    • Patient is unable or unwilling to participate in meeting goals.
    • Treatment goals are not met, are not considered achievable, and/or the maximum possible progress toward those goals has been accomplished.