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PTSD Research Quarterly (RQ)


PTSD Research Quarterly (RQ)

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Massed and Brief Treatments for PTSD (PDF)

RQ Vol. 35(3), 2024 by Jennifer Schuster Wachen, PhD and Denise Sloan, PhD

Editorial Director: Paul Holtzheimer, MD
Bibliographic Editor: David Kruidenier, MLS
Managing Editor: Heather Smith, BA Ed


Abstract: Evidence-based, trauma-focused psychotherapies are highly effective for treating PTSD and are widely available within VA. However, poor engagement and dropout continue to be of concern for these treatments which often take weeks to complete. Based on this, there have been several efforts to find ways to deliver these treatments over a shorter duration, in ways that increase patient engagement but that retain their efficacy. In this month's Research Quarterly, Drs. Wachen and Sloan provide an excellent guide to the literature on these efforts which suggest that these approaches may be able to play an important role in the treatment of PTSD.


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