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Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Nov;164(11):1676-83.

A randomized, controlled proof-of-concept trial of an Internet-based, therapist-assisted self-management treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder.

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National Center for PTSD Boston VA Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine, 150 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 01230, USA. brett.litz@va.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors report an 8-week randomized, controlled proof-of-concept trial of a new therapist-assisted, Internet-based, self-management cognitive behavior therapy versus Internet-based supportive counseling for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

METHOD:

Service members with PTSD from the attack on the Pentagon on September 11th or the Iraq War were randomly assigned to self-management cognitive behavior therapy (N=24) or supportive counseling (N=21).

RESULTS:

The dropout rate was similar to regular cognitive behavior therapy (30%) and unrelated to treatment arm. In the intent-to-treat group, self-management cognitive behavior therapy led to sharper declines in daily log-on ratings of PTSD symptoms and global depression. In the completer group, self-management cognitive behavior therapy led to greater reductions in PTSD, depression, and anxiety scores at 6 months. One-third of those who completed self-management cognitive behavior therapy achieved high-end state functioning at 6 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

Self-management cognitive behavior therapy may be a way of delivering effective treatment to large numbers with unmet needs and barriers to care.

PMID:
17974932
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ajp.2007.06122057
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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