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Steenkamp’s Viewpoint1 reminds us that “evidence-based” psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) encompasses clinical judgment and patient preferences as much as it does evidence from randomized clinical trials. This is a welcome perspective for clinicians working in settings such as Veterans Affairs (VA), where they are mandated by policy to provide prolonged exposure or cognitive processing therapy (CPT) as first-line treatments for veterans with PTSD.2
Yehuda R, Hoge CW. The Meaning of Evidence-Based Treatments for Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(5):433-434. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2878