A Multisite, Randomized Clinical Trial of Virtual Reality and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Active Duty Soldiers with PTSD
Final rept. 15 Nov 2010-14 Nov 2014
GENEVA FOUNDATION TACOMA WA
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This randomized, clinical trial was designed to extend recruitment to an additional active duty site Womack Army Medical Center at Ft Bragg in support of a previously funded clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy VRET and prolonged exposure therapy PE with a waitlist WL group in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD in active duty AD Soldiers with combat-related trauma. Soldiers with PTSD from deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan were randomized to 10 sessions of either PE or VRE or were assigned to a minimal attention wait list. All assessments were conducted by a psychologist blind to treatment group. External, independent treatment fidelity reviews were conducted for both treatments. Service members were assessed before randomization, after 5 sessions, at posttreatment, and 3- and 6-months posttreatment. PTSD was assessed with the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale CAPS. Difficulties with personnel, a slow pace of recruitment, and ultimately the analysis of the data from the original study site called into question the value of continuing this effort, which resulted in the study ending with 23 subjects randomized.
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