Interventions for the prevention of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adults after exposure to psychological trauma


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Gartlehner G, Forneris CA, Brownley KA, Gaynes BN, Sonis J, Coker-Schwimmer E, Jonas DE, Greenblatt A, Wilkins TM, Woodell CL, Lohr KN.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This review compares the efficacy, effectiveness, and harms of psychological, pharmacological, and emerging interventions to prevent PTSD in adults. It includes studies of both universal and targeted prevention and addresses the clinical importance of effect modifiers or subgroup status that may affect the impact of traumatic exposure on specific outcomes; these include sex, comorbidities, refugee status, and military or civilian status.
The report is limited to adults who had been exposed to a traumatic event and who received an early intervention designed to prevent progression to PTSD within the first 3 months after the trauma.