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Exploring Outcome Predictors in UK Veterans Treated for PTSD

Article

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in ex-service personnel is associated with high levels of co-morbidity and significant functional impairment. This paper reports on predictors of treatment outcomes in UK veterans with PTSD.

Abstract

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in ex-service personnel is associated with high levels of co-morbidity and significant functional impairment. This paper reports on predictors of treatment outcomes in UK veterans with PTSD. The sample for the study consisted of 244 participants who had received a standardised six week residential treatment programme for PTSD. The programme consisted of individual trauma-focused CBT and group therapy sessions. In this paper, evidence is presented that shows improvements in intrusive, avoidance and hyper-arousal PTSD symptoms six months after the end of treatment; with post-treatment avoidance PTSD symptoms showing the most improvements. The findings suggest that higher levels of baseline anxiety and dissociation are associated with worse post-treatment PTSD outcomes. This suggests the importance of treating these difficulties in UK veterans before intervening for symptoms of PTSD.

Full Reference

Dominic Murphy, Walter Busuttil. Exploring Outcome Predictors in UK Veterans Treated for PTSD, Psychology Research, August 2015, Vol. 5, No. 8, 441-451. doi:10.17265/2159-5542/2015.08.001.