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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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COMBAT STRESS REACTIONS Tips for Providers

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5/13/2021

Combat Stress Reactions (CSRs) are normal, temporary physical, behavioral, emotional, and mental changes that occur in reaction to extremely stressful combat-related events.1 Immediate CSRs last from hours to days and may affect a service member’s ability to function. For providers who work with service members, it’s important to note that: • CSRs are hardwired survival responses triggered by the autonomic nervous system — made up of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) responsible for arousal, and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) responsible for shutdown. • Symptoms of combat PTSD may be ‘displays’ (repeat expressions) of CSRs experienced during combat. • CSRs may impair a service member’s readiness, operational performance, and fitness for duty and can occur during combat-related training.

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Depression: Facts for Families

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5/12/2021

This resource for military families provides facts on depression symptoms, causes, and effective treatments.

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Research Evidence for Alternative Treatments for Depression

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5/12/2021

This fact sheet describes and summarizes research evidence for alternative depression treatments that may not be recommended in the clinical practice guideline.

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Recommended Medications for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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This quick reference fact sheet for patients explains which medications are most effective for treating PTSD.

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Understanding Depression: A Resource for Providers and Patients

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5/12/2021

This resource provides information on depression treatment and medications, tips on talking to family and friends about depression, and patient worksheets to improve sleep and manage symptoms.

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A Family's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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5/12/2021

This brochure describes symptoms, treatment options, healthy coping strategies, and resources for family members of those diagnosed with PTSD or acute stress disorder.

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Research Evidence for Alternative Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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This fact sheet describes and summarizes research evidence for alternative PTSD treatments that may not be recommended in the clinical practice guideline.

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A Patient's Guide: Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder

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This resource describes PTSD symptoms and treatment options and provides a recovery worksheet and additional support resources.

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VA DoD CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER

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5/12/2021

VA/DoD CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER Department of Veterans Affairs Department of Defense Patient Guide QUALIFYING STATEMENTS The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense guidelines are based upon the best information available at the time of publication. They are designed to provide information and assist decision making. They are not intended to define a standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should they be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

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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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