Comparing Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to Prolonged Exposure in the Treatment of Soldiers with PTSD
Annual rept. 1 Jun 2012-31 May 2013
GENEVA FOUNDATION TACOMA WA
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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. During the second year, recruitment and enrollment of soldiers for study participation began, and by the end of year two 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. During the third year, recruitment and enrolment of participants continued with an additional 100 referrals for treatment received, 72 subjects consented to study participation and 39 randomized to one of the 3 arms of the study, VR, PE or WL. During year 4, 119 additional referrals were received, 72 participants consented to study participation and 43 were randomized. During year 5, the period covered in this report, 121 referrals have been received, 68 participants consented to study participation and 35 met all the inclusion criteria and none of the exclusion criteria and were randomized.
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