Dr. Tuerk is supported by an SCTR K12 Career Development Award. Drs. Acierno and Ruggiero are supported by Department of Defense grant W81XWH-07-PTSD-IIRA (PI: Acierno). Dr. Acierno is also supported by VA HSR&D Merit grant IIR-04-421 (PI: Egede). Dr. Ruggiero is also supported by a VA (VISN-7) research career development award.Views in this article do not represent those of the funding agencies.
A pilot study of prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder delivered via telehealth technology†
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Psychological Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 116–123, February 2010
How to Cite
Tuerk, P. W., Yoder, M., Ruggiero, K. J., Gros, D. F. and Acierno, R. (2010), A pilot study of prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder delivered via telehealth technology. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 116–123. doi: 10.1002/jts.20494
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2010
The authors present a pilot study of 12 veterans diagnosed with combat-related PTSD and treated with prolonged exposure therapy (PE) via telehealth technology. A reference sample of 35 combat veterans treated with in-person PE in the same clinic is also included for a comparison. Feasibility and clinical outcomes of interest include technical performance and practicality of the telehealth equipment, patient safety, treatment completion rates, number of sessions required for termination, and clinical outcomes. Results indicated large statistically significant decreases in self-reported pathology for veterans treated with PE via telehealth technology. Preliminary results support the feasibility and safety of the modality. Suggestions for the implementation of PE via telehealth technology are discussed.