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A guide to guidelines for the treatment of PTSD and related conditions

Authors

  • David Forbes,

    Corresponding author
    1. University of Melbourne
    Current affiliation:
    1. Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne
    • ACPMH, Level 1, 340 Albert Street, East Melbourne Victoria 3002, Australia
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  • Mark Creamer,

    1. University of Melbourne
    Current affiliation:
    1. Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne
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  • Jonathan I. Bisson,

    1. Cardiff University
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University
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  • Judith A. Cohen,

    1. Allegheny General Hospital and Drexel University College of Medicine
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, and Drexel University College of Medicine
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  • Bruce E. Crow,

    1. Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General
    Current affiliation:
    1. Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General
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  • Edna B. Foa,

    1. University of Pennsylvania
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Psychiatry, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania
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  • Mathew J. Friedman,

    1. National Center for PTSD and Dartmouth Medical School
    Current affiliation:
    1. National Center for PTSD, Executive Division, and Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Dartmouth Medical School
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  • Terence M. Keane,

    1. National Center for PTSD and Boston University School of Medicine
    Current affiliation:
    1. Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, and Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
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  • Harold S. Kudler,

    1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Current affiliation:
    1. Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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  • Robert J. Ursano

    1. Uniformed Services University
    Current affiliation:
    1. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University
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Abstract

In recent years, several practice guidelines have appeared to inform clinical work in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Although there is a high level of consensus across these documents, there are also areas of apparent difference that may lead to confusion among those to whom the guidelines are targeted—providers, consumers, and purchasers of mental health services for people affected by trauma. The authors have been responsible for developing guidelines across three continents (North America, Europe, and Australia). The aim of this article is to examine the various guidelines and to compare and contrast their methodologies and recommendations to aid clinicians in making decisions about their use.

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