Telemedicine Treats PTSD in Rural Veterans

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April 2015
U.S. Medicine: The Voice of Federal Medicine

US Medicine discusses a recent research publication in JAMA PsychiatryJohn 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.