Innovations Focuses on Services for Veterans

The latest issue of AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange features three programs that used innovative strategies to enhance behavioral health services for veterans.

One of the profiles describes the Vets Prevail project, in which veterans reluctant to seek behavioral health services can use an anonymous online program to reduce symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The program contains seven self-paced modules based on cognitive behavioral theory and features avatars, messages, and vignettes customized to the user’s experience and stage of life.

In various studies, Vets Prevail has enhanced access to behavioral health services, in part by reducing the stigma associated with using such services, and has generated significant improvements in symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and high levels of satisfaction among users. The symptom reductions are comparable to those seen with in-person therapy at a fraction of the cost.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Innovations Focuses on Services for Veterans. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/hcie.html