The intent of this E-Blast is multipurpose. I’ve shared information about RESET Therapy with you previously to inform you that an alternative intervention that is able to remediate the effects of PTSD was being fully explored in regards to its potential broader use. Within this context, a RAND Corporation study was released on 8/07/2017, entitled "Quality of Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military Health System," I’ve included a quote from the report which found that: “the Military Health System (MHS) performed well in providing initial screening for suicide and substance use, but needs to improve at providing adequate follow up to service members with suicide risk. The study found that fewer than half of service members screened positively for PTSD and depression received adequate care when beginning treatment. RAND also found that quality of care varied by branch of service and location, indicating that best practices are not being shared, and resources are insufficient.” (“Quality of Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military Health System: Final Report - RAND Report on PTS 2017 (1).pdf,”)
At the present time, we at the RESET Therapy Professional Institute are in the process of conducting a formal study of 36 combat-veterans with documented PTSD. We have completed the initial stage of treatment of 6 of these veteran volunteers and will share our finding on one of a number of measures utilized within the context of pre-treatment and post-treatment measures. The CAPS-5 is considered to be the ‘Gold Standard’ in PTSD assessment (Weathers, Keane, & Davidson, 2001). It is used to assess the 20 DSM-5 PTSD symptoms on a 0 to 4 scale with a possible total of 80 points. Included are questions that target the onset and duration of symptoms, subjective distress, impact of symptoms on social and occupational functioning, improvement in symptoms since a previous CAPS-5 administration, overall response validity, overall PTSD severity and specifications, and overall response validity and PTSD severity.
Our results as Provided in Table 1 are based on four one-hour treatment session with 2 Vietnam; 2 Gulf War; 2 Afghanistan/Iraq veterans as follows:
Table 1. Pre- and post-treatment CAPS scores for six veterans with PTSD.
Scores based on a possible total of 80 points.
V = Vietnam; GW = Gulf Wars; IA = Iraq/Afghanistan.
Looking at the CAPS-5, it appears to meet the standards for parametric statistical analyses. So, conducting a two- tailed, paired-sample (equal variance) t test reveals a statistically significant difference between the two sets of scores at the 99.9% level of confidence (p < 0.001). Even if we assume non-equal variance in the scores from pre-to post, the t test results barely change with a p at: 0.000242 (99.975%)
We have submitted one case study article to a peer reviewed journal and await notification of acceptance. We are preparing a second cumulative case study article reviewing our results with the above six veterans for submission to a major international trauma focused journal. At this point in our development, we are seeking a skilled grant writer who is experienced in submitting proposals to federal government agencies such as the VA, DOD, etc. This is a lacking component in our team and is necessary to secure the required funding to complete our study. If you are skilled in this domain or are aware of someone who is, please contact me at the above e-mail address (email@example.com).
George Lindenfeld, PH.D.