Study shows PTSD treatment for vets may not follow guidelines

03/14/2013 | AAFP News Now

Veterans Health Administration clinicians treating veterans with PTSD 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. Dr. Jeffrey Sonis of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a family physician, said he was concerned about the methodology because the study looked at the proportion of prescriptions, not the prescribing frequency.

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