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A scoping Review into the use of Blended Therapy for PTSD: Exploring Treatment Protocols and Guidelines

Kleinjan, Lisa (2023) A scoping Review into the use of Blended Therapy for PTSD: Exploring Treatment Protocols and Guidelines.

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Abstract:The treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder requires innovative approaches since existing PTSD therapies have shortcomings. A promising approach is blended therapy, which combines face-to-face therapy with internet- and mobile-based interventions (IMIs). This scoping review intends to identify treatment protocols and guidelines, investigate barriers for patients and therapists, and explore the evidence quality and integration level of blended therapy for PTSD in varied populations. 9 studies were chosen and analysed to examine study characteristics, studied populations, standardization, barriers and facilitators, and effectiveness. The studies included adults with mild or severe PTSD, mostly veterans. The majority of the included articles describe protocols or treatment guidelines as standardization of blended therapy for PTSD. Mentioned barriers included low patient uptake of the technology-based components and maintaining the therapeutic alliance. However, accessibility, flexibility, and time-saving changes were advantages of blended therapy. The studies that evaluated the efficacy of blended treatment demonstrated success in PTSD symptom reduction and non-inferiority to traditional face-to-face therapy. Blended therapy shows potential for PTSD treatment results. We will obtain a deeper knowledge of the viability and advantages of blended therapy for the treatment of PTSD through long-term studies evaluating treatment outcomes, relapse rates, and maintenance of gains.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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