STEPS-UP: Improving Mental Health Care for Military Personnel

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This large multi-site research study led by Dr. Charles Engel sought to evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated care program for soldiers with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study is comparing an integrated care program using stepped care via phone with optimized usual primary care for military personnel. The evaluation will examine effects of the program on symptoms of PTSD, the soldiers’ experience of the program, and cost effectiveness. Drs. Zatzick, Unützer, and Katon are participating in this study as experts in primary care-based interventions for depression and PTSD.

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