Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder via the Internet: Does Therapeutic Alliance Matter?

JAMA. 2011;306(5):543-544. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1097
Author: Shaili Jain
“Mass violence—whether intentional attacks or the result of natural disasters—adversely affects survivors and often causes widespread disruption, displacement, and disability. Epidemiological studies have reported posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or symptoms of PTSD in almost one-third of communities affected by mass violence. 1 Evidence-based psychological therapies used to treat PTSD are available, but obstacles such as a shortage of mental health care professionals and patient stigma toward treatment often limit accessibility to these therapies. … One approach that has been evaluated recently is use of the Internet to deliver therapist-assisted treatment to trauma survivors.”
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