Response to Commentaries -- The Scientist-Practitioner on the Front Line: Development and Formalization of Evidenced-Based Interventions on the Battlefield
Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy
Nathan (2005) and Petronko (2005) provide excellent commentaries on our three case studies (Cigrang, Peterson, & Schobitz, 2005) describing the use of prolonged imaginal exposure for the secondary prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In this response, we note that future research should build upon the lessons and experiences of these cases and include larger sample sizes, additional measures (anxiety, depression, grief, quality of life, subjective units of distress ratings), the
... tress ratings), the development of a flexible treatment manual, and formal measures of Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). Future research should also target process measures such as patient acceptability of the treatment and willingness to engage in the exposure sessions. Deployed military psychologists, in collaboration with civilian researchers, have the potential to further advance the scientific knowledge base on the assessment and treatment of combat-stress disorders through the use of innovative case studies. The potential importance of research and formalized treatments for individuals exposed to the significant psychological trauma related to terrorist attacks and bombings is highlighted. We read with great interest the commentaries by Nathan (2005) and Petronko (2005) on our case report of imaginal exposure therapy as secondary prevention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with military members seeking help following their exposure to combat The Scientist-Practitioner on the Front Line 2 A.L. Peterson, J.A. Cigrang, R.P. Schobitz Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu Volume 1, Module 2, Article 4, pp. 1-5, 07-27-2005 [copyright by authors] A.L. Peterson, J.A. Cigrang, R.P. Schobitz Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu Volume 1, Module 2, Article 4, pp. 1-5, 07-27-2005 [copyright by authors] example of how the use of electronic journal review and publication technologies allows for the rapid dissemination of research findings and their immediate application in applied settings.