FY08 DRMRP Clinical Trial: Strengthening Pathways to PTSD Recovery Using Systems-Level Intervention
Annual rept. 1 Sep 2010-31 Aug 2011
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST (RTI) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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The purpose of the STEPS UP STepped Enhancement of PTSD Services Using Primary Care trial is to compare centralized telephonic stepped-care management to optimized usual post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD and depression care. We hypothesize that the STEPS UP intervention will lead to improvements in the following 1 PTSD and depression symptom severity primary hypothesis 2 anxiety and somatic symptom severity, alcohol use, mental health functioning, and work functioning and 3 cost-effectiveness. We hypothesize that patients, their family members, and participating clinicians will find that the STEPS UP intervention is an acceptable, effective, and satisfying approach to delivering and receiving PTSD and depression care. In the last year, The RTI Institutional Review Board IRB has reviewed and approved the study protocol, consent form, and related study materials. RTI finalized the listing and ordering of items to be included on the baseline questionnaire instrument. A survey methodologist reviewed and evaluated those items. Web programming of the baseline instrument is nearly complete. It incorporates the study instrumentation, randomization scheme, emergency response protocol, data security protocol, data collection and other study reports, and other functions. In preparation for study launch, the STEPS UP team has conducted three site visits at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Bliss, and Fort Carson to initiate intervention awareness and training for primary care and behavioral health providers, clinic nurses and clerical staff, and RESPECT-Mil personnel. We have developed job descriptions and timelines to hire study support personnel. RTI has conducted recruiting, interviewing, and hiring activities for research coordinators and assistants for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA coordinator hired and Fort Bliss, TX candidates identified.
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