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Citation:  Gersons,B.P.R., Carlier,I.V.E., Lamberts, R. D., & van der Kolk, B. A. (2000). Randomized clinical trail of brief eclectic psychotherapy for police officers with post traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 13 (2), 333-347.
Title:  Randomized clinical trail of brief eclectic psychotherapy for police officers with post traumatic stress disorder
Authors:  Gersons,B.P.R., Carlier,I.V.E., Lamberts, R. D., & van der Kolk, B. A.
Year:  2000
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Traumatic Stress
Publisher:  Wiley
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007793803627
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Randomized controlled trial

Structured abstract:

Background:  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is quite common and often disabling. PTSD has serious long-term morbidity, and effective treatments are urgently needed.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy (BEP) in a sample of police officers with PTSD.
Setting:  The setting for the study was the Department of Psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.
Study sample:  The study sample included 42 patients with PTSD. 22 were randomly assigned to to the treatment group and 20 to the wait-list control group.
Intervention:  Individual psychotherapy, 60 minute sessions over 16 weeks. BEP course which included psycho-education, imaginary guidance, writing assignments and mementos, domain of meaning or integration, and a farewell ritual.
Control or comparison condition:  The control group was wait-listed and told they would receive treatment in 7 months. They were monitored by a non-assessor psychologist in the interim.
Data collection and analysis:  Psychometric assessments were conducted by trained research psychologists at four points in time: one week before the start of treatment, one month after the start, four months after the start and three months after termination.
Findings:  At post test and at follow-up BEP had produced significant improvement in PTSD, in work resumption and in comorbid other conditions.
Conclusions:  Further research is needed to see if BEP will be effective for other traumatized populations and if the effects of treatment will be long term.

Disabilities served:  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Populations served:  Gender: Male
Outcomes:  Return to work