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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for several psychological health conditions, substance use disorders, suicide risk, and other conditions. Guidelines improve patient care by reducing variation in practice and systematizing best practices. CPGs are intended for use as a tool to assist a health care providers and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

The latest versions of the full guidelines, along with related materials such as provider and patient summaries and provider pocket cards, are available for download from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Practice Guidelines Website

PHCoE has created resources that complement psychological health CPGs. These resources, called clinical support tools (CSTs), condense CPG material, highlight critical information, and present it in a digestible manner. CSTs are not intended to replace or supersede CPGs; rather, they address a particular aspect of a CPG or help to disseminate knowledge about the evidence-based treatments to patients, families, and military leaders.

PHCoE currently offers CSTs addressing the following psychological health conditions:

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Behaviorally-based Treatments for Insomnia: A Provider’s Guide

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This factsheet for providers contains tips for considering which behaviorally-based treatment for chronic insomnia disorder is right for a patient, what to tell patients about treatment options, and provider resources.

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Pharmacotherapy, Complementary and Integrative Health Treatments for Chronic Insomnia Disorder: Recommendations for Providers

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This brochure for providers providers information about short-term pharmacotherapy and complementary and integrative health treatments for chronic insomnia disorder and tips for patient-centered care.

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VA/DoD Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Clinical Practice Guideline Patient Summary

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This brochure for patients summarizes information in the clinical practice guideline relating to diagnosis and treatment of chronic insomnia disorder and obstructive sleep apnea.

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Preparing for Change Worksheet

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5/20/2021

This worksheet helps individuals to consider both the advantages of and drawbacks to drinking and reasons to change drinking habits.

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Substance Use Disorder Affects Families

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This brochure provides information for military families about substance misuse and/or dependence and its impact on families.

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Stabilization Pocket Card

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This resource contains the stabilization algorithm from the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Substance Use Disorders, as well as information for providers on withdrawal assessment and management of substance use disorder.

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My Plan for Change Worksheet

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This worksheet helps individuals develop a plan for how to handle specific situations that may challenge drinking goals.

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Alcohol Misuse: Facts About Risky Drinking

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This factsheet provides information on preventing risky drinking, indicators and impacts of risky drinking, and where to seek help.

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Medications for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder

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This guide for service members, veterans and their families provides information about medications used in the management of alcohol use disorder.

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Substance Use Disorder: What Line Leaders Need to Know

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This guide can help military leaders identify the signs of substance misuse and/or dependence, educate their service members about treatment options and policy, and address substance misuse early to support mission success, unit readiness, and service and family member fitness.

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Is Your Body Ready for Pregnancy? Pregnancy and Substance Use: It's Not Worth the Risk

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This brochure for patients provides information on how women and babies are impacted by alcohol, tobacco and drug use when trying to conceive and during pregnancy.

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Standard Drink Calculator

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This guide includes a calculator for the number of standard drinks per each common drink container and mixed drink type and a daily drink tracker to record drinking consumption and see trends in drinking over time.

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VA DOD CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND ACUTE STRESS DISORDER

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5/13/2021

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder Pocket Guide

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This tabbed pocket guide helps providers assess, diagnose, and treat PTSD, ASD and co-occurring conditions.

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Health Care Providers Guide to Trauma informed Care

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Many Americans experience trauma. About 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women face at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes. In subgroups of veterans, the percentage who experience trauma is higher. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a strengths-based treatment framework that requires health care providers to recognize, understand and respond to the pervasive impact of all types of trauma. Trauma-informed care embraces a perspective that highlights adaptation over symptoms and resilience over pathology.

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Substance Misuse Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidenced-based treatment of substance misuse

Substance Misuse

Insomnia Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients and families on evidence-based treatment of insomnia

Insomnia

Pregnancy Clinical Support Tools

Resources for providers and patients on health care management of pregnancy

Pregnancy

Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidence-based opioid therapy for chronic pain

Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Major Depressive Disorder Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients and families on evidence-based treatment of depression

Major Depressive Disorder

PTSD Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidenced-based treatment of PTSD

PTSD

Suicide Risk Clinical Support Tools

A set of resources for providers, patients, and families on evidence-based treatment of suicide risk

Suicide Risk

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