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The U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs should ensure that service members and veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have timely access to evidence-based care, says a new congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine.
In response to growing national concern about the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military personnel and veterans, Congress passed legislation calling on the Institute of Medicine to study the availability and effectiveness of PTSD treatments, current and projected costs of these treatments, and what additional research is needed to improve sufferers’ outcomes.