5 New Psych Health Evidence Briefs are Now Live!

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By Erin Beech, M.A.
April 23, 2018

Psych Health Evidence Briefs give psychological health care providers an easy way to familiarize themselves with the available scientific evidence and clinical guidance for treatments for mental health conditions commonly experienced by service members. The briefs are also useful as handouts when service members and veterans are considering their options for treatment.

The Psychological Health Center of Excellence began producing the evidence briefs just over a year ago, and there are now 28 published on our website, covering the gamut of available treatments, from front-line evidence-based treatments to emerging treatments that have little or no research but are covered by the media.

The treatments in the Psych Health Evidence Briefs are selected by YOU! Every few months, a new list of 10 potential evidence brief topics is posted, and the voting begins. We recently expanded our potential topics to include treatments for additional disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, so be sure to cast your vote today.

Interested in nominating a topic to be part of our voting list? Submit a treatment idea through our Evidence Brief Suggestion box. Voting topics are selected from the most popular suggestions, as well as treatments currently featured in the media.

At the end of the voting period, the top five topics are selected to become evidence briefs.

Five new evidence briefs, voted on by you, are now available to read or download, including:

  • Contingency management for alcohol use disorder
  • Topiramate for alcohol use disorder
  • Light therapy for major depressive disorder
  • Yoga for major depressive disorder
  • Vagus nerve stimulation for major depressive disorder

Be sure to keep an eye out for the next round of voting. New topics will be posted in May.

Beech is a senior research associate at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence. She has expertise in evidence synthesis, and is responsible for drafting the Psych Health Evidence Briefs.

The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.

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