Accession Number:

ADA543849

Title:

Comparing Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to Prolonged Exposure in the Treatment of Soldiers with PTSD

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 1 Jun 2009-31 May 2010

Corporate Author:

GENEVA FOUNDATION LAKEWOOD WA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

This randomized, single blind study is evaluating the efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy VRET by comparing it to prolonged exposure therapy PE and a waitlist WL group in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD in active duty AD Soldiers with combat-related trauma. During the first year, the study team developed the infrastructure to implement the trial including personnel hiring and training, process development to identify, screen, and enroll participants, completion of study-related VR Iraq scenarios, and research protocol development. Recruitment of soldiers for study participation continued during this reporting period. By the end of this reporting period, 145 referrals for treatment had been received, 84 subjects consented to study participation and 45 met all of the inclusion and none of the exclusion criteria and were randomized to treatment. There are few current challenges. New physiological assessment equipment is currently being acquired due to artifact levels found in preliminary analyses. Although enrollment is slightly behind schedule, the study is generally expected to proceed according to established timelines.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE