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Health Agencies Update
August 24/31, 2011

Mobile PTSD Care

JAMA. 2011;306(8):815. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1198

Support for veterans and other patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be as close as a mobile device, thanks to a new app created by the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

The PTSD Coach app is available for free and provides users with validated information about PTSD and its treatment, interactive tools for self-assessment and managing symptoms, and links to services when urgent care is needed. The app is not intended to replace care by a qualified clinician, but rather to be a useful adjunct to traditional care, according to its developers.

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