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Listening to users: How VA developed its PTSD Coach mobile app

BY JOSEPH MARKS (Nextgov.com)
09/30/2011

When Dr. Julia Hoffman wanted to build a mobile app to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, she went to the source: 80 residential PTSD patients at the Veterans Affairs Department Trauma Recovery Program in Palo Alto, Calif.

The vets' top priority, they told her, was finding something to help them relax and focus when they were in the grip of a PTSD attack, suffering from related symptoms such as anger or sleeplessness or generally stressed out.

Rising Suicides Stump Military Leaders

The U.S. military doesn't need September's Suicide Prevention Month to realize it has a problem within its ranks.

Sleep Deprivation Predicts PTSD in Redeployed Soldiers

Short sleep duration is common among redeployed soldiers - particularly those who experience combat - and is associated with numerous impairments, including posttraumatic stress disorder, according to findings from a cross-sectional study of more than 2,700 members of a brigade combat team.

Health Check via Mobile Videoconferencing

In 2007 and 2008 troops deployed to the Iraq “Surge” began returning home from deployments lasting as long as 15 months. Several staff members at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) were part of those extended tours and like many others wanted to spend their first days at home with their families, and most of all, out of uniform. Also like most others, they groaned at the announcement of another mandatory briefing or medical appointment, especially ones that either delayed a return home or were scheduled at times that interrupted the readjustment to home life.

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