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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): The management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care [CG26]

Measuring the use of this guidance


The duration of trauma-focused psychological treatment should normally be 8–12 sessions when the PTSD results from a single event. When the trauma is discussed in the treatment session, longer sessions than usual are generally necessary (for example 90 minutes). Treatment should be regular and continuous (usually at least once a week) and should be delivered by the same person

What was measured: Proportion of GPs who reported that their patients with PTSD were receiving 8 - 12 sessions of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) in primary care.
Data collection end: November 2006
Number that met the criteria: 14 / 129
Area covered: Regional
Source: Ehlers, A. (2009) Low recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder in primary care. London Journal of Primary Care, 1: 36-42

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