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Hypnotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy of acute stress disorder: A 3-year follow-up


Bryant, RA and Moulds, ML and Nixon, RDV and Mastrodomenico, J and Felmingham, KL and Hopwood, S, Hypnotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy of acute stress disorder: A 3-year follow-up, Behaviour Research and Therapy: An International Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 44, (9) pp. 1331-1335. ISSN 0005-7967 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.brat.2005.04.007


The long-term benefits of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for trauma survivors with acute stress disorder were investigated by assessing patients 3 years after treatment. Civilian trauma survivors (n ¼ 87) were randomly allocated to six sessions of CBT, CBT combined with hypnosis, or supportive counselling (SC), 69 completed treatment, and 53 were assessed 2 years post-treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale. In terms of treatment completers, 2 CBT patients (10%), 4 CBT/hypnosis patients (22%), and 10 SC patients (63%) met PTSD criteria at 2-years follow-up. Intent-to-treat analyses indicated that 12 CBT patients (36%), 14 CBT/hypnosis patients (46%), and 16 SC patients (67%) met PTSD criteria at 2-year follow-up. Patients who received CBT and CBT/ hypnosis reported less re-experiencing and less avoidance symptoms than patients who received SC. These findings point to the long-term benefits of early provision of CBT in the initial month after trauma.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Acute stress disorder; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Cognitive behaviour therapy; Treatment
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Felmingham, KL (Professor Kim Felmingham)
ID Code:72135
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-08-22
Last Modified:2011-11-04
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