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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder VHI

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Clinicians can learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the psychological and physical issues facing Veterans with PTSD from the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) study guide, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:
Implications for Primary Care
(2.16 MB, PDF).

PTSD is associated with neurobiological dysregulation and increased utilization of medical services. One objective of this guide is to help clinicians recognize, refer to treatment, educate, and support Veterans with PTSD and their families.

Sections include:

  • Why screen Veterans for PTSD
  • Nature and impact of sexual trauma
  • Guidelines for screening
  • Treatments/pharmacology for PTSD
  • Patient-Provider relationship
  • Models of care

The guide is useful for VA and non-VA health care providers caring for Veteran patients. Veterans and the public also may be interested in the guide to learn more about symptoms and treatment. Visit the National Center for PTSD website for information geared to Veterans.

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