Telemedicine Treats PTSD in Rural Veterans
US Medicine discusses a recent research publication in JAMA Psychiatry. John Fortney, Associate Director of Research at the UW AIMS Center, and colleagues examined a telemedicine-based Collaborative Care model for PTSD compared to usual care for rural veterans. As 41% of veterans live in rural areas, travel distance and stigma often reduce access and adherence to PTSD treatment. The findings suggest that a telemedicine-based Collaborative Care approach significantly increases adherence and effectiveness of PTSD treatment.