Effects of Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder: Randomized clinical trial

Authors

  • Ramón J.L. Lindauer,

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    1. Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    2. De Bascule and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    3. Graduate School Neurosciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tafelbergweg 25, 1105 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Berthold P.R. Gersons,

    1. Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Els P.M. van Meijel,

    1. Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Karin Blom,

    1. Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Ingrid V.E. Carlier,

    1. Centre for Work-Related Mental Disorders, Altrecht Institute for Mental Health Care, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Ineke Vrijlandt,

    1. Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Miranda Olff

    1. Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Abstract

Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy (BEP) is a manualized psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which has proven effective for police officers. This article reports on a randomized clinical trial using BEP to treat other types of PTSD patients recruited from an outpatient clinic. Twenty-four patients were randomly assigned to a treatment or a waitlist group. Assessment of PTSD was made before and after the treatment period (4 months). No significant differences between the groups were observed at pretest. By posttest, BEP had effectively reduced PTSD as well as general anxiety symptoms in the treated group of outpatients as compared to the waitlist group.

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