Cost-effectiveness Issues in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Published in: Cost-Effectiveness of Psychotherapy: A Guide For Practitioners, Researchers, and Policymakers / Edited by Nancy E. Miller, Kathryn M. Magruder (New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1999), Chapter 24, p. 259-269

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1998

by Edna B. Foa, Lisa H. Jaycox

This article discusses the definition of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and recent changes in the diagnostic criteria for this disorder, and highlights implications of the prevalence of trauma and of PTSD for costs to society. The authors review efficacy of treatment and prevention interventions and considerations for next steps in the cost-effectiveness study of psychotherapy.

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