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Evaluating the Feasibility of RESCUE: An Adjunctive HAI-Based Intervention for Veterans with PTSD

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Technical Report,22 Apr 2015,21 Apr 2016

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Charleston Research Institute Charleston United States

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Due to award transfer and delayed funds on station the start date was 2116.This report documents accomplishment of the following tasks 1. Consultation with and coordination among experts in combat-related PTSD, evidence based treatment EBT, scientific design, and therapeutic Human Animal Interaction HAI 2. Engagement of key stakeholders e.g., Veteran support groups, animal rescue groups as a means of identifying potential barriers to study goals and to facilitate study recruitment 3. Establishment of working relationship with local shelter facility staff 4. Review of protocolstreatment materials 5.Refinement of eligibility criteria, exclusion criteria, and screening protocol 6. Preparation and submission of protocol to Charleston VAMC R and D and MUSC IRB, IRB pre-approval obtained i.e., IRB approval is secured pending submission of shelter letters of support and approval of potential HRPO revisions 7. Recruitment, hiring, and training of study independent evaluators IEs training is ongoing.

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