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Br J Psychiatry. 1995 Oct;167(4):495-502.

Incorporating psychological debriefing techniques within a brief group psychotherapy programme for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • 1Psychiatric Centre, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Air Force Wroughton, Wiltshire.



The Royal Air Force Wroughton Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Rehabilitation Programme is described. It comprised a 12-day structured in-patient 'course' of group psychotherapy and day-case group follow-up sessions over a one-year period. Psychological debriefing was the main therapeutic technique employed.


This is a 'before and after' open outcome study. A comprehensive assessment protocol confirmed the presence and severity of PTSD and measured co-morbid psychopathological status, occupational and social function longitudinally.


A highly significant global response to treatment is demonstrated in the 34 subjects included in the study, with 85.3% not fulfilling the DSM-III-R criteria for PTSD at one year after treatment.


Further controlled studies assessing the value of psychological debriefing techniques in the treatment of established PTSD are required.

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  • Treatment of PTSD. [Br J Psychiatry. 1996]
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