In-Home Exposure Therapy for Veterans with PTSD
Technical Report,30 Sep 2017,29 Sep 2018
VETERANS MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (VETERANS AFFAIRS) SAN DIEGO CA SAN DIEGO United States
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This is a randomized control trial study that implements prolonged exposure therapy PE to military Veterans. We recruited 175 Veterans to participate in the study. Our goal is to compare PE conducted in three different ways 1 PE that is office-based telehealth OBT Veterans come to the clinic to meet with the therapist using videoconferencing technology, 2 PE delivered via home -based telehealth HBT Veterans stay at home and meet with the therapist using the computer and video cameras, and 3 PE delivered in home, in person IHIP the therapist comes to the Veterans homes for treatment. We aim to investigate whether symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety get better less severeafter the treatment and six months later. We will also see if there are differences in the three ways we will be providing the therapy. We hypothesize that the IHIP approach, compared to the other two approaches, will be more effective at reducing the PTSD symptoms experienced by these Veterans because it will help Veterans attend each session and complete the therapy homework assigned by the therapists such as doing feared activities around the house or the neighborhood. We have been referred 900 Veterans. Of the 900 referred, including 736 males 82 and 164 females 18, with 180 Veterans participating in the study. 175 Veterans 97 of those enrolled were randomized while 5 3were pilot subjects. Of the 175 randomized participants, 95 54 have completed therapy and 80 46 have dropped out of therapy.
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