Telemedicine-Delivered Collaborative Care May Treat Veterans With PTSD Effectively

Medscape (11/20, Cassels) reports that according to a study published online Nov. 19 in JAMA Psychiatry, “collaborative care delivered via telemedicine may offer a viable and effective way of treating veterans with severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who live in rural and remote areas.” The “results of a multisite, randomized effectiveness trial” including 265 veterans with PTSD “showed that Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), an off-site intervention in which a multidisciplinary PTSD care team uses telemedicine tools, such as telephone calls, interactive videos, and shared electronic medical records, to support on-site [healthcare professionals] significantly improved clinical outcomes in veterans compared with usual care.”

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