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Improving the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A research study investigating how to enhance the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Military members, Veterans and First Responders.

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There are several evidence-based treatments that work for a reasonable number of PTSD sufferers, including veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), the focus of the project, is one of these. However, there is still substantial room for improvement. In military clients, between 20-30% will drop out of treatment prematurely and 40-64% will fail to lose their PTSD diagnosis by the end of treatment. Nixon has developed a flexible adaption of CPT to address the challenges in treating PTSD in a clinical setting. A key objective of the current project is to test the acceptability and feasibility of this innovative treatment approach with veterans and first responders with PTSD.

  • Team/Investigators

    Professor Reg Nixon (Flinders University)

  • Funding Body

    Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (Under the former brand- The Road Home): Prabha Seshadri Grant

  • Year Commenced

    May 2018

  • Expected Completion Date

    EOY 2021

  • Contribution

    Funder (MESHA)

  • MeSH Terms

    occupational trauma, PTSD, mental health, military, veterans, first responder, emergency service, treatment, recovery

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