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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Report: VA and DoD don't know outcomes of PTSD treatment

The agencies responsible for serving military members with post traumatic stress disorder don't know if the treatment programs are working, a June 20 Institute of Medicine report says.

The Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department spent $294 million and about $3 billion respectively in 2012 on PTSD treatment programs.

"Given that the DOD and VA are responsible for serving millions of service members, families, and veterans, we found it surprising that no PTSD outcome measures are used consistently to know if these treatments are working or not," said Institute of Medicine Committee Chair Sandro Galea in the report.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"The programs could be highly effective, but no one knows because outcomes aren't tracked and evaluated. But the data collected for the report suggest the programs yield only modest improvements in symptoms."

That sounds just about right for the VA.