The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using CBT to treat depressed female veterans

    Using a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) appears more effective than “present-centered” therapy (talking about current problems) to treat female military veterans and active duty women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).

    Here are the details.

    • Randomized controlled trial
    • 284 female veterans and active-duty personnel PTSD
    • Assigned to CBT or present-centered therapy
    • 10 weekly 90-minute sessions
    • Data collected before, after, and at 3- and 6-month after treatment.

    And the results as reported in the February 28 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

    • Women who received CBT were more likely to no longer meet the criteria for PTSD (41% vs. 28%)
    • And more than twice as likely to achieve total remission (15% vs. 7%)
    • Self-reported PTSD, depression, and overall mental health improved from pretreatment to post-treatment in both groups.

    But here’s the real challenge: “for large health care systems like those of the VA and the Department of Defense … to find efficient ways to train personnel to promote dissemination of these effective treatments,” the authors conclude.

    2/26/07 21:11 JR

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