Mental Health Provider Experiences with Utilizing Evidence-Based Treatment for Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder during a Combat Deployment
Penix, Elizabeth A.
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The present study assesses mental health care staff experiences with evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a deployed environment. Mental health care providers (n = 19) and technicians (n = 20) were surveyed in Afghanistan about EBT delivery, attitudes, and perceived barriers to the implementation of EBTs. Relaxation techniques and supportive psychotherapy were most frequently utilized; exposure therapy techniques were least frequently utilized. Most participants had positive attitudes toward EBTs; however, providers identified unique challenges to delivering EBTs. Modular EBTs may be useful to consider to address provider concerns and improve the implementation of EBTs.