"Evidence-Based" Treatment

When I served as the Associate Director for Research and Education at the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD, I worked with some of the biggest-hearted and hardworking staff, researchers, and clinicians you would ever want to meet. This organization was developed by, and has trained, the most outstanding experts in the understanding and treatment of PTSD. Although part of the Department of Veterans Administration, the knowledge gained through the efforts of their dedicated staff, researchers, and clinicians that effective treatments have been developed that have improved the lives of survivors of every type of trauma, be it combat, sexual/physical assault, motor vehicle accidents, community violence, or natural disasters. I would like to thank the National Center for PTSD for all the hard work they do to provide a better life for survivors of trauma and the support they gave me during my time there, and the following video that was produced at the Nation Center for PTSD.

"When you’re looking for medical or mental health treatment, there are lots of choices and lots of claims about what works. There’s advice from friends and family, news headlines, and the Internet. The truth is, not all treatments work equally well. So how do you know what’s best?

 

Evidence based treatments give you the best chance for recovery. They’re different perspectives on exactly what it takes for a treatment to be considered evidence based. In general, the scientific community looks at three things: the number of research studies, the quality of those studies, and whether experts agree the treatment works. Let’s learn more…"

 

www.ptsd.va.gov

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