DCoE Blog

  • Updated PTSD Clinical Guidelines Feature New Research, Recommendations
    Thumbnail of the PTSD guidelines with the word updated stamped across it.
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    Medical research results often lead to changes in health care. The Deployment Health Clinical Center recently released a Clinician’s Corner article to highlight the most recent clinical guidelines for adults with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Future Medicine: Can Biomarkers Predict Mental Health Disorders?
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    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    Scientists use biology to predict medical conditions and clinical outcomes. In the future, the study of biological markers may help inform mental health treatments. In a recent article, Deployment Health Clinical Center senior research psychologist Dr. Maria Morgan explains what biomarkers are, what they can tell us about different psychological disorders, and what’s next for the field.

  • Congressional Brief: ‘We’re Making Progress, but Not Yet Claiming Victory’
    Photo of Cpt. Colston

    I recently testified in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. My conversation with members of Congress offered an excellent chance to highlight our efforts to promote psychological health and to prevent, diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the military. ...I shared many of our accomplishments with the committee and I want to share a few with you below. I believe they reveal the important advances we made, provide an understanding of where we should target future research, and encourage more investments in medical research.

                  

  • Celebrating Milestones through 25 Years of DVBIC
    DVBIC Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 25 years of service, 1992-2017

    This year marks 25 years since a congressional mandate created the Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program in response to the first Gulf War and the need to treat service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Service members and veterans impacted by TBI rely on the program, known today as the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), to propel TBI clinical care, groundbreaking research and innovative education.

    Over its 25 years, DVBIC has reached a number of pivotal milestones in the advancement of TBI care that continue to impact prevention and treatment today.

  • Top 10 Concussion Research Articles of 2016
    DoD photo by Sgt. Christopher Giannetti

    There is no shortage of clinical research articles on traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, a team of experts from Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) recently reviewed more than 250 abstracts from literature published in 2016. The team, with a variety of clinical backgrounds, reviewed the latest in brain injury research and selected 10 articles that advance brain injury research.

    In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, here is our top 10 list of TBI research articles, with summaries, categorized by topic. Click on the article title to access the abstract or article on PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

  • Review Clinical Study Methods before You Accept Results, Expert Says
    Doctor conducting session using telehealth technology
    U.S. Navy photo by Douglas Stutz

    As new medical treatment approaches and platforms come along, providers should check whether the evidence offered to support the new approaches actually proves what it claims. This is especially important when it comes to non-inferiority studies, which try to show that a new approach is no worse than the old one, said Derek Smolenski, an epidemiologist and quantitative methodologist for the National Center for Telehealth & Technology.

    A non-inferiority study is conducted to prove, or disprove, that a new form of treatment is no worse than the current standard of treatment, or if it is, that it is not unacceptably worse. Because this type of study is often used to compare new approaches like video conferencing and electronic self-help resources to current methods, a provider’s ability to critically analyze the findings of such studies is paramount, Smolenski said in a webinar hosted last month by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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