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Understanding the treatment preferences of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to greater levels of sustained engagement with treatment.

A new research study by the Centenary of Anzac Centre’s Treatment Research Collaboration is looking into the personal treatment preferences of veterans and military personnel.

While there is a lot of research about effective treatments for PTSD, very little is known about the factors that contribute to a veteran choosing a particular treatment and the reasons they continue to engage with treatment.

The study In their own words: A qualitative study of veterans’ perceptions and experiences of PTSD treatment aims to understand why veterans choose to initiate a given PTSD treatment, and their experiences of that treatment.

Veterans have many options to choose from, ranging from evidence-based trauma-focussed psychological treatment and medication, through to emerging alternative treatments such as animal-assisted therapies, meditation, and acupuncture.

Partnering with veterans to understand their preferences and exploring the many options available may provide greater alignment and sustained engagement with treatment.

“We know that when there is a mismatch between preference and treatment, we see higher levels of disengagement or drop-out, and a failure to improve.” says Dr Mark Hinton, Director of the Centenary of Anzac Centre’s Treatment Research Collaboration.

We are really interested in finding out what attracted people to a particular treatment, what kept them engaged, and also what made them cease treatment prematurely or led to a decision to stick it out.”

Dr Mark Hinton, Director of the Centenary of Anzac Centre’s Treatment Research Collaboration

Veterans involved in the study will be interviewed and asked to share their perceptions and experiences of both evidence-based and non-evidence-based PTSD treatments.

The study is currently recruiting participants. Participants must be ex-serving ADF members, with at least 12 months service and have previously taken part in PTSD treatment. Participants must be willing to complete a one hour, audio taped interview.

For more information or to refer a veteran you’re supporting, please visit the In Their Own Words Study web page.

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