This update of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress was developed under the auspices of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), pursuant to directives from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
VHA and DoD define clinical practice guidelines as:
This 2010 VA/DoD Post-Traumatic Stress guideline update builds on the 2004 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. The 2004 Post-Traumatic Stress Guideline was the first effort to bring evidence-based practice to clinicians providing care to trauma survivors and patients with stress disorders in the VA and DoD. The development of the Guideline originated with recognition of the need to diagnose and treat Post-Traumatic Stress among the military and veteran population. The Guideline presented evidence-based recommendations that were thoroughly evaluated by practicing clinicians and reviewed by clinical experts from the VHA and DoD.
This guideline applies to adult patients with post-traumatic stress who are treated in any VA or DoD clinical setting.
The guideline is relevant to all healthcare professionals who are providing or directing treatment services to patients with post-traumatic stress at any VA/DoD healthcare setting.