Review decision date: June 2015
We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated at this time. For details, see the update decision and the process for deciding if an update is needed. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. No further checks of this guideline will be scheduled until this update is published.
Next review date: TBC
The NICE guideline on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) covers:
- the care people with PTSD can expect to receive from their GP or other healthcare professional
- the information they can expect to receive about their condition and its treatment
- what treatment they can expect, which may include psychological therapies and drug treatment
- the services that may help them with PTSD, including specialist mental health services.
This guideline was previously called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): the management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.