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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Bennett

HRV for Clients & Clinicians

We have developed the Optimal HRV web dash and Optimal HRV app so that clinicians can monitor the health of their clients, and practice owners can look out for their workforce, using heart rate variability data insights to reach out and provide preventative care.

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How do we really know when someone is struggling?

As most therapists know, like me, they tend to see their clients once a week, maybe even every other week, which means there is so much time in between where you don’t actually know how someone is doing, especially when you are only spending an hour a week with them.

Can that hour really tell how someone is doing? You may be caring for someone that is at risk for relapse, a risk for suicide or self harm - wouldn’t it be great to know when to reach out and provide help if a relapse happens between sessions?

The Optimal HRV web dash allows you to log in and review your case load at any time, and see how your clients are doing that day. You can see HRV scores for all clients including latest, previous, and all time scores (giving you their average score). You can also compare this average to the population norm insights. For more in depth data of an individual, simply click through to see the past 7 days of reading. This insight helps you make an informed decision on whether you need to reach out.

What should you look out for in the readings?

Usually a one day negative HRV trend is not something to worry about, especially if clinicians know the person quite well and know their history. However we advise that if you start to see two to three days of a significant drop in a HRV score, that’s when you should really reach out.

Click here to read more about our top tips for getting the most out of HRV measuring.

It’s one more data point to give insight for interventions

From a clinical perspective, HRV monitoring helps you track the outcomes of the interventions and treatments you are providing. Those in helping professions know that relational support is so critical and important in turning your care into preventative care. HRV monitoring helps you become more proactive in your practice with unplanned interventions.

You may have an established treatment plan, but you have no idea going into the session if it would be productive that day. However with HRV monitoring in-between and pre-session, we can predict the level that somebody is going to socially engage with us based on their HRV score.

From personal experience, if a client's HRV score is below the norm, I change the plan to include more mindfulness therapy and relational support. If my client has a history of depression, I consider some sympathetic arousal techniques (think jumping jacks!) to get some energy going - this is where pre-session readings can be so helpful.

Looking after a clinicians wellbeing is just as important

If you are a practice owner you will also have a responsibility to look out for the wellbeing of your employees. As with monitoring clients, you can keep an eye out for clinicians that start to have a consistent dip in their HRV score, allowing you to delve into how you can proactively support them and their recovery, so that they will be able to provide the best care possible to their clients.

Utilising HRV monitoring in your practice and getting to know the wellness of your workforce and clients alike, and proactively working on those interventions, is going to produce better outcomes overall, for all involved.

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