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.
Facebook Use During Deployment: Bane or Boon?
Facebook Use During Deployment: Bane or Boon?August 13, 2018
Facebook allows instant and effortless social interaction from any geographic location with Internet connectivity and is a daily ritual in the lives of hundreds of millions of people. For deployed service members, Facebook provides an opportunity to maintain a connection to family and friends in a way that was impossible prior to the advent of social networking sites. But, is there a downside to such connection during deployment?
How to Determine the Best Evidence-based Treatment When no Clinical Practice Guideline Exists
How to Determine the Best Evidence-based Treatment When no Clinical Practice Guideline ExistsAugust 6, 2018
Let’s say you diagnosed your patient with a disorder that does not have a formal clinical practice guideline, and you want to make sure you are aware of the recommended evidence-based treatment(s) for this condition. Or, perhaps, you’d like to know if new treatments have emerged in recent years.
How can you find answers to these questions?
You could do a literature review. This, however, takes time and effort, especially if you have a high patient load and little time to dig through and evaluate a large quantity of research articles.
5 New Psych Health Evidence Briefs are Now Live!
5 New Psych Health Evidence Briefs are Now Live!April 23, 2018
Psych Health Evidence Briefs give psychological health care providers an easy way to familiarize themselves with the available scientific evidence and clinical guidance for treatments for mental health conditions commonly experienced by service members. The briefs are also useful as handouts when service members and veterans are considering their options for treatment.
The Research Gaps Report – Let’s Get our Priorities Straight!
The Research Gaps Report – Let’s Get our Priorities Straight!February 20, 2018
When you consider that tens of thousands of research studies are conducted each year, it’s a daunting task to keep track of what research has been done, is currently being done, and still needs to be done. So how do researchers select the most important topics to pursue? And how do funding agencies prioritize research investments?
The Wild West of PTSD Treatment: Looking Beyond Evidence-based Therapy
The Wild West of PTSD Treatment: Looking Beyond Evidence-based TherapyFebruary 12, 2018
Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an urgent and important priority for the U.S. military. We have evidence-based treatments that work for many people with PTSD, which include prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, among others. But some who undergo these treatments do not achieve remission, and some are unwilling to participate in or drop out of these treatments. For a number of reasons, service members experiencing PTSD may be looking for alternatives to the existing evidence-based treatments for PTSD.
The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.