Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 2 Issue: 3

Does the Integration of Peers into the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Improve Access to Mental Health Care? A Literature Review and Conceptual Model

Shaili Jain1,2*, Caitlin McLean3, Emerald P. Adler3, Steven E. Lindley1,2, Josef I. Ruzek1,2,3 and Craig S. Rosen1,2,3,4
1National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA
2VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA
3Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
4VA Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center,
Corresponding author : Shaili Jain
National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94205, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: May 09, 2013 Accepted: August 16, 2013 Published: August 23, 2013
Citation: Jain S, McLean C, Adler EP, Lindley SE, Ruzek JI, et al. (2013) Does the Integration of Peers into the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Improve Access to Mental Health Care? A Literature Review and Conceptual Model. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 2:3. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.1000109

Abstract

Does the Integration of Peers into the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Improve Access to Mental Health Care? A Literature Review and Conceptual Model

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which has been associated with significant impairment in socio-occupational functioning, continues to be a mental health diagnosis of relevance and importance both domestically in the U.S and globally. In the United States, perhaps one of the most current pressing public health concerns is treating PTSD in veterans who served in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Up to 13% of veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have combat-related PTSD and despite the availability of evidence based treatments, which ameliorate core PTSD symptoms and prevent further negative consequences such as substance abuse and suicide, help seeking veterans often do not follow up with the recommended course of psychological, or pharmacological therapies.

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