Enhancing Patient Satisfaction and Increasing Treatment Compliance: Patient Education as a Fundamental Component of PTSD Treatment

Enhancing Patient Satisfaction and Increasing Treatment Compliance: Patient Education as a... Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the modal mental health problem afflicting combat veterans. In addition to the significant distress resulting from the disorder itself, PTSD has been associated with significant medical comorbidity and increased utilization of medical services. Interventions have historically focused on targeting symptoms directly, with comparatively little attention to systematically educating patients about the etiology and maintenance of the disorder and associated features and treatment issues. This descriptive study summarizes an eight-week PTSD patient education and orientation group. Seventeen patients admitted consecutively to the PTSD Clinic at a large VA hospital completed surveys of patient satisfaction with services and motivation to comply with treatment regimens upon completion of the group. Participants reported very high satisfaction with services, increased awareness of PTSD treatment options, greater optimism and symptom improvement and enhanced motivation to continue with treatment as a result of attending the group. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Enhancing Patient Satisfaction and Increasing Treatment Compliance: Patient Education as a Fundamental Component of PTSD Treatment

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:PSAQ.0000043508.52428.6e
Publisher site
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Abstract

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the modal mental health problem afflicting combat veterans. In addition to the significant distress resulting from the disorder itself, PTSD has been associated with significant medical comorbidity and increased utilization of medical services. Interventions have historically focused on targeting symptoms directly, with comparatively little attention to systematically educating patients about the etiology and maintenance of the disorder and associated features and treatment issues. This descriptive study summarizes an eight-week PTSD patient education and orientation group. Seventeen patients admitted consecutively to the PTSD Clinic at a large VA hospital completed surveys of patient satisfaction with services and motivation to comply with treatment regimens upon completion of the group. Participants reported very high satisfaction with services, increased awareness of PTSD treatment options, greater optimism and symptom improvement and enhanced motivation to continue with treatment as a result of attending the group.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 23, 2004

References

  • Physician-diagnosed medical disorders in relation to PTSD symptoms in older male military veterans
    Schnurr, P; Spiro, A; Paris, A
  • Comorbidity in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An analysis of community and clinical studies
    Keane, T; Wolfe, J
  • Assessment of social functioning in combat veterans with PTSD
    Frueh, BC; Turner, SM; Beidel, DC

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