The PETT will compare two talking therapies for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in UK military veterans.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can affect people who have experienced a traumatic event in their life. Previous research has shown that up to 17% of UK ex-military service personnel who have recently been active in combat roles may have PTSD. If this is left undiagnosed or untreated, PTSD can lead to hospitalisation, unemployment and poverty and can put a strain on family relationships.

This study aims to investigate whether 60 military veterans in Northern Ireland (NI) will join the study and be happy to be randomly allocated to either of our two therapy treatments: Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT). It aims to find out if veterans will complete treatment and fill in the research questionnaires throughout the study. Another aim is to develop procedures to ensure veterans are safe when having either treatment. All the information will be collected and analysed to help to set up a larger trial to see whether RTM should be offered as a routine treatment for PTSD. A short animation for the study can be viewed here.

Who can participate?

Participants can be men or women, 18 years or older, who live or work in NI. They will be UK military veterans of the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy who have received a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by one of the study’s clinical psychologists at the charity Inspire.

Click here for more information on the study.