Randomized Controlled Equivalence Trial Comparing Videoconference and Face-to-Face Delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
Annual rept. 1 Jun 2010-31 May 2011
WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON
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The proposed study seeks to address the problems that some veterans and service personnel have when trying to access appropriate health care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD. One way to improve access to this care is to deliver the treatment over a video conferencing system referred to as telemental health or TMH so that personnel in geographically underserved areas can be treated by clinicians with specialized training. Specifically we will be comparing the efficacy of Cognitive Processing Therapy CPT when provided in a traditional face-to-face FTF setting versus via TMH. The study will compare these modalities of treatment among Operation Enduring FreedomOperation Iraqi Freedom OEFOIF veterans who have developed PTSD secondary to their military trauma. The treatment will directly help the veterans by providing education and skills-building to help them process their reactions to their traumas and decrease the experience of PTSD symptoms. This study has a unique component of having an accompanying website which allows the veterans in the TMH condition to complete their therapy assignments in a secure online environment.
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