Clinician's Corner Blog
A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.
Rapid Review Methodology for Synthesizing Evidence and Reviewing Literature
Rapid Review Methodology for Synthesizing Evidence and Reviewing LiteratureDecember 4, 2017
When a multitude of research studies are conducted on the same topic, a method used to summarize and draw conclusions from them is called evidence synthesis. A gold standard of evidence synthesis – a systematic review – involves carefully formulating research questions, searching for and selecting research studies, assessing the quality of evidence, summarizing the findings, and interpreting the evidence.
Common Cognitive Biases in Caring for Patients
Common Cognitive Biases in Caring for PatientsNovember 27, 2017
I’m the best driver I know.
There I said it.
It’s obvious. Look at those drivers driving too fast (or too slow), riding uncomfortably close to my bumper, weaving through traffic, not stopping for three seconds at a stop sign, no turn signal, breaking too often or too hard, running a red light, drifting across the lane line – the list could go on and on.
Why do I (we) think this? And how is this related to patient care? The short answer – bias.
The Surprising Power of Gratitude: Strategies for Promoting Service Members’ Psychological Health Through Thankfulness
The Surprising Power of Gratitude: Strategies for Promoting Service Members’ Psychological Health Through ThankfulnessNovember 20, 2017
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues,” wrote the Roman statesman Cicero, “but the parent of all of the others.” Indeed, the qualities of thankfulness and appreciation are well-established spiritual and social values. In recent years, however, gratitude has also emerged as a focus of intervention in medical and mental health treatment.
What Doesn't Kill You Changes You: Clinical Considerations for Exploring Posttraumatic Growth
What Doesn't Kill You Changes You: Clinical Considerations for Exploring Posttraumatic GrowthNovember 15, 2017
In my experience, service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) don’t resonate with the popular notion that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” In fact, individuals who present for PTSD treatment generally report feeling quite the opposite: fearful, unsafe, on edge, exhausted, isolated, and out of control.
Post-traumatic Growth Among Service Members: Are Negative Outcomes the Only Outcomes?
Post-traumatic Growth Among Service Members: Are Negative Outcomes the Only Outcomes?November 13, 2017
Research on traumatic stress in the military tends to focus on negative stress reactions that service members can experience. But many service members affected by trauma also share nuanced stories of loss and struggle that result in unexpected opportunities for personal growth. Posttraumatic growth (PTG), a term coined by Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, is defined as the positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis. The concept of PTG challenges the common assumption that tragedy only results in negative outcomes.
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.