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May 2016

The Meaning of Evidence-Based Treatments for Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, New York
  • 2Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 3Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(5):433-434. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2878

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

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