The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) has disseminated an online, accessible, interactive data repository disseminated by, called the PTSD Trials Standardized Data Repository, or “PTSD-Repository.” The PTSD-Repository contains information pulled from almost 400 published randomized controlled trials of PTSD treatment. The repository could (1) serve as a data source for future systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or other cross-study comparisons; (2) help identify research gaps to determine future research priorities; (3) encourage researchers to adopt standard data elements in research and reporting; (4) serve as a source for clinicians seeking information on effectiveness of interventions for patients with particular demographics or exposures; (5) provide the public a source to search for evidence on interventions they or their loved ones are considering; (6) provide policymakers with an up-to-date accounting of evidence to respond to inquiries; and (7) augment and inform the use of existing patient education tools such as PTSD mobile applications or the online PTSD Treatment Decision Aid.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and quality (AHRQ) recently published a protocol for a systematic review that will build on the PTSD-Repository by including additional data elements, expanding abstraction of standardized results, and further revising and testing application of the Revised Cochrane risk-of-bias tool for randomized trials. These data will be available through the resulting report and excel files, as well as the PTSD Repository.
Dr. Denise Hien, Director of the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies (CAS) serves as a technical expert on the PTSD Repository, along with several CAS colleagues and collaborators.
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