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Cognitive therapy reduces symptoms in people with recent onset post-traumatic stress disorder

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Q What is the most effective early intervention for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): cognitive therapy, provision of a self help booklet, or repeated assessments?

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Concealed.

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Assessors blinded to treatment.

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Nine months.

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John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and the Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, UK; February 1998 to January 2001.

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85 people developing PTSD within 3 months of a motor vehicle accident (MVA). Inclusion criteria: aged 18–65 years; diagnosis of PTSD (DSM-IV); a score of ⩾20 on the post-traumatic diagnosis scale (PDS), and intervention commencing within 6 months of the …

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