An efficient, exposure-based treatment for PTSD compared to Prolonged Exposure: A non-inferiority randomized trial Save

Date Added
May 7th, 2019
PRO Number
Pro00087882
Researcher
Ronald Acierno

List of Studies

Keywords
Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Military, Psychiatry, Writing
Summary

PTSD is a prevalent condition for which veterans frequently seek treatment in the VA healthcare system. There are a number of first-line PTSD treatment approaches available, such as Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. However, the efficacy rates of these treatments is not as high as what has been observed with civilian populations and approximately 36% of individuals drop out of these treatments prematurely. A proposed alternative to these treatments is Written Exposure Therapy (WET), a brief, 5 session intervention that has been shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD and contribute to lower dropout rates. The goal of this study is to investigate whether WET is as effective compared to Prolonged Exposure (PE) in the treatment of PTSD in a sample of veterans diagnosed with PTSD. It will involve approximately 150 Veterans. This research is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Stephanie Hart
843-789-6519
zeigls@musc.edu

Neurobiological Correlates of Fear in Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma Save

Date Added
December 4th, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00083967
Researcher
Ronald Acierno

List of Studies

Keywords
Anxiety, Genetics, Mental Health, Military, Psychiatry
Summary

The purpose of this study is to better understand the different ways that female Veterans are affected by their experience with military sexual trauma (MST) and to look at the role of several factors that cause some people, but not others, to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or PTSD symptoms. This study is being conducted at the Charleston VA Medical Center, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and Atlanta VA Healthcare System. It will involve approximately 150 female Veterans who have experienced MST.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Stephanie Hart
843-789-6519
zeigls@musc.edu

Improving Function Through Primary Care Treatment of PTSD Save

Date Added
July 3rd, 2018
PRO Number
Pro00078946
Researcher
Ronald Acierno

List of Studies

Keywords
Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Military, Psychiatry
Summary

This research is taking place at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC and surrounding Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). This study is examining the effectiveness of PE-PC in VHA primary care mental health integration (PCMHI) clinics. We will randomize Veterans presenting in VA PC with chronic PTSD who meet minimal inclusion/exclusion criteria to receive PE-PC (four, 30-minute weekly sessions) or PCMHI treatment as usual.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Stephanie Hart
843-789-6519
zeigls@musc.edu

Treatment of Prolonged Grief Disorder in Combat Veterans Save

Date Added
September 2nd, 2014
PRO Number
Pro00036533
Researcher
Ronald Acierno

List of Studies

Keywords
Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Military, Psychiatry
Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of an innovative treatment for Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) compared to the current treatment most commonly offered to Veterans with PGD. Veterans will receive either Behavioral Activation and Therapeutic Exposure for Grief (BATE-G) or Cognitive Restructuring and Supportive Grief Counseling. Both treatments will be delivered in 7 sessions, and Veterans will have the option of receiving some or all of the treatment via telehealth. All participants will asked to complete follow up assessments 1 week, 3 and 6 months post treatment. The proposed project addresses the need for a Veteran/military specific treatment of PGD, and uses technology to deliver this treatment in a format that is far more likely to be accepted by military personnel and Veterans. This study will impact clinical practice by providing the first evidence for effective treatment of PGD in Veterans.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Stephanie Hart
(843) 789-6519
zeigls@musc.edu

Do You Really Expect Me to get MST Care in a VA Where Everyone is Male? Innovative Delivery of Evidence Based Psychotherapy to Women with Military Sexual Trauma Save

Date Added
June 2nd, 2014
PRO Number
Pro00034989
Researcher
Ronald Acierno

List of Studies

Keywords
Mental Health, Military, Psychiatry
Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a scientifically validated treatment for PTSD called Prolonged Exposure (PE) can be delivered effectively to Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) related PTSD using videoconferencing technology, which allows a therapist and patient who are not in the same room as one another to communicate. We are interested in learning if this form of mental health service delivery is an acceptable alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy delivered with the therapist in the same room as the patient. This study is being conducted at the Charleston VA Medical Center, surrounding Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). It will involve approximately 125 female participants.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Stephanie Hart
843-789-6519
zeigls@musc.edu

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