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Clinical Trials Update
March 27, 2018

Brief Psychotherapy for PTSD

JAMA. 2018;319(12):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2791

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can effectively be treated with 5-session psychotherapy, a briefer treatment than first-line cognitive processing therapy (CPT), according to a noninferiority trial published in JAMA Psychiatry.

The 126 men and women with PTSD were randomly assigned to 5 sessions of written exposure therapy (WET) or to 12 sessions of CPT. The written exposure group wrote about their traumas in 30-minute sessions and had less interaction with therapists than the CPT group. Cognitive processing therapy focuses on changing dysfunctional thinking and includes written narratives done as homework.

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