"How will it help me?" Reasons underlying treatment preferences between sertraline and prolonged exposure in posttraumatic stress disorder

Jessica A Chen, Stephanie M Keller, Lori A Zoellner, Norah C Feeny
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2013, 201 (8): 691-7
Individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often wait years before seeking treatment. Improving treatment initiation and adherence requires a better understanding of patient beliefs that lead to treatment preferences. Using a treatment-seeking sample (N = 200) with chronic PTSD, qualitative reasons underlying treatment preferences for either prolonged exposure (PE) or sertraline (SER) were examined. Reasons for treatment preference primarily focused on how the treatment was perceived to reduce PTSD symptoms rather than practical ones. The patients were more positive about PE than SER. Individual differences did not reliably predict underlying preference reasons, suggesting that what makes a treatment desirable is not strongly determined by current functioning, treatment, or trauma history. Taken together, this information is critical for treatment providers, arguing for enhancing psychoeducation about how treatment works and acknowledging preexisting biases against pharmacotherapy for PTSD that should be addressed. This knowledge has the potential to optimize and better personalize PTSD patient care.

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