Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study.

Neuner F, Kurreck S, Ruf M, Odenwald M, Elbert T, Schauer M (2010)
Cognitive behaviour therapy 39(2): 81-91.

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Rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are exceptionally high among asylum-seekers. Reportedly, stressors caused by the asylum procedure and psychological consequences of torture contribute to the maintenance of symptoms and interfere with treatment. In a pilot randomized controlled trial, the authors examined the efficacy of trauma-focused treatment in 32 asylum-seekers with PTSD resulting from state-sponsored violence and other traumatic events. Narrative exposure therapy (NET) was compared with treatment as usual (TAU), with a focus on stabilization and psychoactive medication. Six months after treatment, a significant reduction of posttraumatic stress symptoms was found in the NET participants but not in the TAU group. Although treatment gains were moderate, these results indicate that NET is a promising approach for the treatment of PTSD in asylum-seekers living in unstable conditions.
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Neuner F, Kurreck S, Ruf M, Odenwald M, Elbert T, Schauer M. Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study. Cognitive behaviour therapy. 2010;39(2):81-91.
Neuner, F., Kurreck, S., Ruf, M., Odenwald, M., Elbert, T., & Schauer, M. (2010). Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 39(2), 81-91.
Neuner, F., Kurreck, S., Ruf, M., Odenwald, M., Elbert, T., and Schauer, M. (2010). Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study. Cognitive behaviour therapy 39, 81-91.
Neuner, F., et al., 2010. Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 39(2), p 81-91.
F. Neuner, et al., “Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study.”, Cognitive behaviour therapy, vol. 39, 2010, pp. 81-91.
Neuner, F., Kurreck, S., Ruf, M., Odenwald, M., Elbert, T., Schauer, M.: Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study. Cognitive behaviour therapy. 39, 81-91 (2010).
Neuner, Frank, Kurreck, Silke, Ruf, Martina, Odenwald, Michael, Elbert, Thomas, and Schauer, Margarete. “Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study.”. Cognitive behaviour therapy 39.2 (2010): 81-91.
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