Study shows PTSD treatment for vets may not follow guidelines

03/14/2013 | AAFP News Now

Veterans Health Administration clinicians treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder often prescribed medications not included in evidence-based guidelines, a trend that was more pronounced among mental health versus primary care clinicians, according to a study in the journal Psychiatric Services. Family physician Jeffrey Sonis of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said he was concerned about the methodology because the study looked at the proportion of prescriptions, not the prescribing frequency.

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