Outcomes from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in active-duty service members with posttraumatic stress disorder

Description

Objective:
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the therapy interventions recommended by the Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines. However, the literature concerning the effectiveness of this treatment modality in military service members is sparse. This study investigated the efficacy of EMDR in active-duty service members.

Method:
We conducted an effectiveness study with a record review from active-duty military mental health clinics where clinical outcomes had been monitored over a 10-week period using self-report measures of posttraumatic stress and disability. Symptom scores were examined over time in 331 service members who met presumptive criteria for the disorder on the PTSD Checklist—Military Version (PCL–M), who were in psychotherapy, and who received (n 46) or didn’t receive (n 285) EMDR.

Results:
Results indicated that patients receiving EMDR had significantly fewer therapy sessions over 10 weeks but had significantly greater gains in their PCL–M scores than did individuals not receiving EMDR.

Conclusions:
Randomized, controlled trials are still needed, but these findings provide further support for the use of EMDR in service members with PTSD.

Format

Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Robert N. McLay
Jennifer A. Webb-Murphy
Susan F. Fesperman
Eileen M. Delaney
Steven K. Gerard
Scott C. Roesch
Bonnie J. Nebeker
Ines Pandzic
Elizabeth A. Vishnyak
Scott L. Johnston

Original Work Citation

McLay, R. N., Webb-Murphy, J. A., Fesperman, S. F., Delaney, E. M., Gerard, S. K., Roesch, S. C., Nebeker, B. J., Pandzic, I., Vishnyak, E. A., & Johnston, S. L. (2016, March). Outcomes from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in active-duty service members with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000120

Collection

Citation

“Outcomes from eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in active-duty service members with posttraumatic stress disorder,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 26, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/23729.

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