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PTSD Coach around the world
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2018 (English)In: mHealth, ISSN 2306-9740, article id 4:15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a global public health problem. Unfortunately, many individuals with PTSD do not receive professional care due to a lack of available providers, stigma about mental illness, and other concerns. Technology-based interventions, including mobile phone applications (apps) may be a viable means of surmounting such barriers and reaching and helping those in need. Given this potential, in 2011 the U.S Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD released PTSD Coach, a mobile app intended to provide psycho-education and self-management tools for trauma survivors with PTSD symptoms. Emerging research on PTSD Coach demonstrates high user satisfaction, feasibility, and improvement in PTSD symptoms and other psychosocial outcomes. A model of openly sharing the app's source code and content has resulted in versions being created by individuals in six other countries: Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. These versions are described, highlighting their significant adaptations, enhancements, and expansions to the original PTSD Coach app as well as emerging research on them. It is clear that the sharing of app source code and content has benefited this emerging PTSD Coach community, as well as the populations they are targeting. Despite this success, challenges remain especially reaching trauma survivors in areas where few or no other mental health resources exist.

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2018. article id 4:15
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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mobile applications (mobile apps), public health, smartphones, trauma
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165527DOI: 10.21037/mhealth.2018.05.01PubMedID: 29963560OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165527DiVA, id: diva2:1284130
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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