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Citation:  Hogberg, G., Pagani, M., Sundin, O., Soares, J., Aberg-Wistedt, A., Tarnell, B., & Hallstrom, T. (2007). Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Outcome is stable in 35-month follow-up. Psychiatry Research, 159 (1), 101-108.
Title:  Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: Outcome is stable in 35-month follow-up
Authors:  Hogberg, G., Pagani, M., Sundin, O., Soares, J., Aberg-Wistedt, A., Tarnell, B., & Hallstrom, T.
Year:  2007
Journal/Publication:  Psychiatry Research
Publisher:  Elsevier
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2007.10.019
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Randomized controlled trial

Structured abstract:

Background:  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may follow major psychological trauma. The disorder is longstanding, chronic, and there is a need for effective treatment.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to investigate post-treatment changes in trauma related symptoms and social function in an observational longitudinal follow-up study of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients treated with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)(p. 102)
Setting:  The setting was a Swedish out-patient mental health center.
Study sample:  The sample included 20 subjects with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following occupational health hazards.
Intervention:  The intervention was Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  Participants were assessed with psychometric scales and diagnostic interviews before treatment, directly after treatment, at eight months and at 35 months after the end of therapy.
Findings:  Sixty percent of the patients had improved scores on the general functional scale and a decrease of anxiety and depressive symptoms at 35 months follow-up. 83% of the participants had full working capacity at the 35 month follow up assessment.
Conclusions:  This study found that a brief EMDR treatment had a long-lasting positive effect on PTSD in civilian adult trauma victims , but this finding should be confirmed in a long-term follow-up with a larger number of subjects.

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