Pretreatment stabilization increases completion of trauma-focused evidence-based psychotherapies
OBJECTIVE:Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) initiate and complete cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure (PE) at low rates within Veterans Health Administration (VHA) despite substantial dissemination and training. This study investigated how trauma-informed, skills-based treatment ("stabilization") administered before CPT and PE was related to initiation and completion of trauma-focused evidence-based psychotherapies (TF-EBPs). METHOD/METHODS:= 341). Before initiation of TF-EBP, veterans received either no stabilization or received individual and/or group stabilization. RESULTS:= .090). CONCLUSIONS:Findings suggest that individual stabilization may improve delivery of TF-EBPs in VHA settings by increasing TF-EBP completion without reducing initiation, while pretreatment with group-only stabilization may reduce initiation of TF-EBPs. Results inform how models of care can improve TF-EBP retention and completion among veterans with PTSD. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved).