|Healing Touch Plus Guided Imagery Swiftly Reduces PTSD, Depression, In Returning Marines |
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Active duty military (n = 123) were randomized to 6 sessions (within 3 weeks) of either Healing Touch plus Guided Imagery (Healing Trauma by Belleruth Naparstek) or Treatment as Usual. Outcomes measured were PTSD symptoms (the PCL – i.e., the PTSD Check List) and depression (Beck Depression Inventory), quality of life (SF-36), and hostility (Cook–Medley Hostility Inventory).
Repeated measures analysis of covariance with intent-to-treat analyses revealed a statistically and clinically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms (p < 0.0005, Cohen's d = 0.85) as well as depression (p < 0.0005, Cohen's d = 0.70) for HT+GI vs. TAU.
HT+GI also showed significant improvements in mental quality of life (p = 0.002, Cohen's d = 0.58) and reduction in cynicism (p = 0.001, Cohen's d = 0.49) vs. TAU.
The investigators conclude that the Healing Touch plus Guided Imagery intervention resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active duty military population.
Further investigation of these and like approaches is warranted for mitigating PTSD in military populations .
Citation: Jain, Shamini; McMahon, George F.; Has