On the heels of a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs that led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, a report out today by the Institute of Medicine demonstrates that the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs do not measure the effectiveness of treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, calling into question millions of dollars spent to improve service members’ mental health. The report also found that neither agency has kept pace with growing demand for PTSD treatment.
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Dr. Sandro Galea, IOM committee chair, said, “Both departments lack a coordinated, consistent, and well-developed evidence-based system of treatment for PTSD and need to do a better job tracking outcomes. Mental health is among the most important factors behind successful re-entry after military service, and we don’t know if treatments are working.”
Read more at mailman.columbia.edu/news/benefits-ptsd-treatment-going-unmeasured-says-iom.