Hard Copies: The Value of Printed Educational Material for Service Members

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By U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Angela Williams, Ph.D.
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. Educators and occupational therapists know the importance of involving as many of the senses as possible to assist with learning. Information that is immediately available and can be held and seen supports learning.

The updated VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) was released in June (read about the changes in this blog). The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) collaborated with the DoD/VA Evidence Based Practice Work Group to develop new clinical support tools based on the guidelines to assist patients and their family members with easy-to-read practical information on PTSD and ASD symptoms, treatment options and resources.

The following tools are now available to download, and hard copies will soon be available to order on the Army Medical Command clinical practice guidelines tool kit shopping cart website:

Providers can register today for a webinar Dec. 14, which will discuss key recommendations in the PTSD/ASD clinical practice guideline, review the associated clinical support tools, and provide tips for implementing these evidence-informed recommendations in practice.

U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. (Dr.) Angela Williams is the chief of evidence-based practice at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology. 


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.


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