Clinician's Corner Blog

A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.

  • Hard Copies: The Value of Printed Educational Material for Service Members December 11, 2017

    Busy clinicians benefit from having well researched and professionally developed information readily available for clients and family members. Although many of our clients use the internet to search for information and prefer mobile apps over printed material, providers should not underestimate the usefulness of the traditional “hard copy” for educating clients and family members about mental health conditions, treatment options, coping strategies, medication compliance and where to find additional resources.

  • Rapid Review Methodology for Synthesizing Evidence and Reviewing Literature December 4, 2017

    When a multitude of research studies are conducted on the same topic, a method used to summarize and draw conclusions from them is called evidence synthesis. A gold standard of evidence synthesis – a systematic review – involves carefully formulating research questions, searching for and selecting research studies, assessing the quality of evidence, summarizing the findings, and interpreting the evidence.

  • Common Cognitive Biases in Caring for Patients November 27, 2017

    I’m the best driver I know.

    There I said it.

    It’s obvious. Look at those drivers driving too fast (or too slow), riding uncomfortably close to my bumper, weaving through traffic, not stopping for three seconds at a stop sign, no turn signal, breaking too often or too hard, running a red light, drifting across the lane line – the list could go on and on.

    Sound familiar?

    Why do I (we) think this? And how is this related to patient care? The short answer – bias.

  • The Surprising Power of Gratitude: Strategies for Promoting Service Members’ Psychological Health Through Thankfulness Soldier sitting down reading a notebook November 20, 2017

    “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues,” wrote the Roman statesman Cicero, “but the parent of all of the others.” Indeed, the qualities of thankfulness and appreciation are well-established spiritual and social values. In recent years, however, gratitude has also emerged as a focus of intervention in medical and mental health treatment.

  • What Doesn't Kill You Changes You: Clinical Considerations for Exploring Posttraumatic Growth November 15, 2017

    In my experience, service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) don’t resonate with the popular notion that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” In fact, individuals who present for PTSD treatment generally report feeling quite the opposite: fearful, unsafe, on edge, exhausted, isolated, and out of control.

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