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Improving Access to Care for Warfighters: Virtual Worlds Technology to Enhance Primary Care Training in Post-Traumatic Stress and Motivational Interviewing

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Northern California Institute for Research and Education San Francisco United States

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Veterans present to primary care providers PCPs with posttraumatic stress PTS symptoms because many are resistant to specialty mental health care. Most PCPs have not been trained to assess for and manage symptoms of PTS or motivate Veterans to engage in treatment. This can result in missed opportunities to intervene to prevent chronic mental and physical health problems. Therefore, the project aims to 1 iteratively design a new web-based PTS and Motivational Interviewing training for PCPs using Virtual World technology to enhance interactivity 2 implement a robust evaluation including a randomized control trial for clinically valid outcome measurement 3 Conduct a summative evaluation to inform national scale-up dissemination and implementation. The final product will be a deliverable that will improve access to quality clinical care for our warfighters suffering with PTS. This report shares progress made during Year 1 of the project, which includes a developmental formative evaluation and storyboards displaying the training content. Year 2 will be dedicated to the build, refinement, and implementation of the virtual world training.

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Technical Report,25 Sep 2015,24 Sep 2016



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