This study was supported by a National Institute of Mental Health grant (R34MH077658–02) awarded to Denise M. Sloan.
Written Exposure Therapy for Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD: A Pilot Study
Article first published online: 6 NOV 2013
Published 2013. This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 26, Issue 6, pages 776–779, December 2013
How to Cite
Sloan, D. M., Lee, D. J., Litwack, S. D., Sawyer, A. T. and Marx, B. P. (2013), Written Exposure Therapy for Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD: A Pilot Study. J. Traum. Stress, 26: 776–779. doi: 10.1002/jts.21858
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 6 NOV 2013
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: R34MH077658–02
There is a need to identify alternative treatment options for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially among veterans where PTSD tends to be more difficult to treat and dropout rates are especially high. One potential alternative is written exposure therapy, a brief intervention shown to treat PTSD among civilians effectively. This study investigated the feasibility and tolerability of written exposure therapy in an uncontrolled trial with a sample of 7 male veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Findings indicated that written exposure therapy was well tolerated and well received. Only 1 of the 7 veterans dropped out of treatment, no adverse events occurred during the course of treatment, and veterans provided high treatment satisfaction ratings. Clinically significant improvements in PTSD symptom severity were observed for 4 veterans at posttreatment and 6 veterans at the 3-month follow up. Moreover, 5 of the 7 veterans no longer met diagnostic criteria for PTSD 3 months following treatment. These findings suggest that written exposure therapy holds promise as a brief, well tolerated treatment for veterans with PTSD. However, additional research using randomized controlled trial methodology is needed to confirm its efficacy.
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