Effectiveness of most PTSD therapies is uncertain
Research urgently needed to determine which therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder work.
Many people, including significant proportions of active duty military personnel and veterans, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often in conjunction with other injuries or illnesses. While several drugs and psychotherapies are used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, many of the studies concerning their effectiveness have problems; as a result, they do not provide a clear picture of what works and what doesn't, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.
Given the growing number of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Congress, and the research community urgently need to take steps to overcome the problems that often plague studies of psychiatric therapies for PTSD, and to ensure the right studies are undertaken to yield data that would help clinicians treat PTSD sufferers, said the committee that wrote the report.
The committee reviewed 53 studies of pharmaceuticals and 37 studies of psychotherapies used in