Journal article

Defining post-traumatic stress disorder recovery in veterans: Benchmarking symptom change against functioning indicators

Mark Hinton, Meaghan O'Donnell, Sean Cowlishaw, Dzenana Kartal, Olivia Metcalf, Tracey Varker, Alexander C McFarlane, Malcolm Hopwood, Richard A Bryant, David Forbes, Alexandra Howard, Winnie Lau, John Cooper, Andrea J Phelps

Stress and Health | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Improved metrics of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment response that extend beyond a focus on symptom reduction to incorporate meaningful, patient-centred indicators of functioning are needed in veteran populations. The aim of this study was to extend previous research by investigating whether indicators of functioning can successfully distinguish against symptom response categories derived from the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-5) pre- and post- PTSD treatment. Participants were 472 veterans receiving hospital-based treatment for PTSD. In addition to the PCL-5, measures included quality of life, social relationships, physical health and psychological distress. F..

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