Journal article

Naturalistic comparison of models of programmatic interventions for combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder

David Forbes, Virginia Lewis, Ruth Parslow, Graeme Hawthorne, Mark Creamer

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a difficult-to-treat sequel of combat. Data on effectiveness of alternate treatment structures are important for planning veterans' psychiatric services. The present study compared clinical presentations and treatment outcomes for Australian veterans with PTSD who participated in a range of models of group-based treatment. METHOD: Participants consisted of 4339 veterans with combat-related PTSD who participated in one of five types of group-based cognitive behavioural programmes of different intensities and settings. Data were gathered at baseline (intake), as well as at 3 and 9 month follow up, on measures of PTSD, anxiety, depression and..

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The authors would like to thank veterans and staff from PTSD programmes across Australia for their participation in programme evaluations, without which this study would not have been possible. The authors would also like to thank Dirk Biddle and Dr Peter Elliott for their contributions to earlier versions of this paper. Ethics approval for the collection of evaluation data from programme participants was provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs Human Research and Ethics Committee.