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Dresden PTSD treatment study: randomized controlled trial of motor vehicle accident survivors.

12 Jul
Researchers from the University of Zurich studied a modified cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) protocol for traumatized German survivors of motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) to gauge its effectiveness with chronic or severe PTSD..
Researchers from the University of Zurich translated and modified a cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) protocol for traumatized German survivors of motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s). The protocol used was originally created and tested by Blanchard and Hickling. The study tested the efficacy of the modified manual with a randomized controlled trial in which this intervention was compared to a wait-list control condition.

Forty-two motor vehicle accident survivors with chronic or severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) completed the treatment trial with two or three detailed assessments (pre, post, and 3-month follow-up).

CAPS-scores showed significantly greater improvement in the CBT condition as compared to the wait list condition (group x time interaction effect size d = 1.61). Intent-to-treat analysis supported the outcome (d = 1.34). Categorical diagnostic data indicated clinical recovery of 67% (post-treatment) and 76% (3 months FU) in the treatment group.

Additionally, patients of the CBT condition showed significantly greater reductions in co-morbid major depression than the control condition. At follow-up the improvements were stable in the active treatment condition.

The researchers conclude that the degree of improvement in the treatment group was comparable to improvements in previously reported treatment trials of PTSD with cognitive behavioral therapy.



Citation: Maercker A, Zöllner T, Menning H, Rabe S, Karl A. Dresden PTSD treatment study: randomized controlled trial of motor vehicle accident survivors. BMC Psychiatry. 2006 Jul 6; 6: 29. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award