Early intervention for trauma: Where are we and where do we need to go? A commentary

Authors

  • Brett T. Litz

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    1. VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center, and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
    • NCPTSD (116B-4), 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02130
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Abstract

In this commentary, the author underscores the importance of early intervention for trauma and describes the challenges that lie ahead for researchers, decision makers, and care providers. The author also provides a review of where things stand, briefly reviews psychological first aid strategies, and underscores where we need to go from here. Although the field has advanced considerably in the last decade or so, and there are compelling trials underway, there is much work that needs to be done, especially in terms of effectiveness and the task of integrating early intervention into various work cultures, such as the military.

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