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PTSD Coach around the world

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  • Eric Kuhn, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.
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  • Christianne van der Meer, Academic Medical Centre University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam, NL326 Groot-Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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  • Jason E Owen, VA National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Menlo Park, CA, USA.
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  • Julia E Hoffman, VA National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Menlo Park, CA, USA.
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  • Richard Cash, Phoenix Australia, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
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  • Pasqualina Carrese, Veterans Affairs Canada, Canada
  • Miranda Olff, Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Diemen, The Netherlands.
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  • Anne Bakker, Academic Medical Centre University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam, NL326 Groot-Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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  • Julia Schellong, Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
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  • Patrick Lorenz, Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
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  • Matthias Schopp, Department of Computer Science, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Munich, Germany.
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  • Heinrich Rau, German Armed Forces Center for Military Mental Health (Psychotraumazentrum), Berlin, Germany.
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  • Kerstin Weidner, Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
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  • Filip K Arnberg, Division of Epidemiology, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
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  • Martin Cernvall, National Centre for Disaster Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
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  • Thomas Iversen

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a global public health problem. Unfortunately, many individuals with PTSD do not receive professional care due to a lack of available providers, stigma about mental illness, and other concerns. Technology-based interventions, including mobile phone applications (apps) may be a viable means of surmounting such barriers and reaching and helping those in need. Given this potential, in 2011 the U.S Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD released PTSD Coach, a mobile app intended to provide psycho-education and self-management tools for trauma survivors with PTSD symptoms. Emerging research on PTSD Coach demonstrates high user satisfaction, feasibility, and improvement in PTSD symptoms and other psychosocial outcomes. A model of openly sharing the app's source code and content has resulted in versions being created by individuals in six other countries: Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. These versions are described, highlighting their significant adaptations, enhancements, and expansions to the original PTSD Coach app as well as emerging research on them. It is clear that the sharing of app source code and content has benefited this emerging PTSD Coach community, as well as the populations they are targeting. Despite this success, challenges remain especially reaching trauma survivors in areas where few or no other mental health resources exist.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer15
TidsskriftmHealth
Vol/bind4
ISSN2306-9740
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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