Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 501–508 | Cite as

Telephone Monitoring and Support For Veterans with Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study

  • Craig S. Rosen
  • Caryn DiLandro
  • Kim N. Corwin
  • Kent D. Drescher
  • Jean H. Cooney
  • Fred Gusman
Article

Abstract

Dropout from outpatient mental health treatment may contribute to high rates of relapse and rehospitalization among veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a quasi-experimental cohort study, 87 male and 17 female veterans discharging from residential PTSD treatment received either standard referral to outpatient care (N = 77) or standard referrals supplemented by biweekly telephone calls (N = 27). Telephone monitoring and support was feasible and acceptable to 85% of clients. Compared to prior patient cohorts, clients receiving telephone support were twice as likely (88% vs. 43%) to complete an outpatient visit within 1 month of discharge and reported higher satisfaction with care.

Keywords

posttraumatic stress disorder veterans 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig S. Rosen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Caryn DiLandro
    • 1
    • 3
  • Kim N. Corwin
    • 1
    • 3
  • Kent D. Drescher
    • 1
  • Jean H. Cooney
    • 1
  • Fred Gusman
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Clinical Laboratory and Education DivisionVA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Pacific Graduate School of PsychologyPalo AltoUSA

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