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APS Member Paula Schnurr of the VA National Center for PTSD and Darmouth Medical School, along with colleagues Matthew Friedman and Lt. Col. Charles Engel, will lead a new nationwide study examining a promising therapy known as prolonged exposure and the established mainstream therapy called present centered therapy for the treatment of PTSD.
The five-year study, titled "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of PTSD in Women," begins July 1, 2001, and will focus on military women. Often overlooked in the research, approximately 8 to 10 percent of active and veteran military women currently suffer from PTSD, and are more than twice as likely than the average American man to develop the disorder.
Unlike smaller studies of the past, this research takes a multi-site approach to gathering data, and the results will be widely applicable to the general population. In an effort to more closely approximate clinical practice conditions nationwide, data will be collected from 12 sites across the United States, including 48 therapists and 384 patients.
"Even at facilities that have special programs for women, it would not be possible to obtain enough women at a single site to attain acceptable statistical power during a reasonable time frame," said Schnurr.
Schnurr, Friedman, and Engel ultimately hope clinicians, researchers, and policymakers will be able to use the findings to best treat patients and develop future research to help those suffering from PTSD.