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In This Issue of JAMA
January 23/30, 2018


JAMA. 2018;319(4):319-321. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12207

Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy is effective for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the standard length of treatment may conflict with military obligations. In a randomized trial of 366 military personnel with PTSD, Foa and colleagues found that massed PE (10 sessions over 2 weeks) was noninferior to spaced PE (10 sessions over 8 weeks) in reducing PTSD symptom severity. An Editorial by Hoge and Chard notes that there are several effective therapies for patients with PTSD and that clinicians can have confidence in trauma-focused therapies delivered in compressed timeframes if patients prefer this approach.