This article on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) examines treatment of PTSD in terms of access to care, and efficacy of various treatments offered. From the article: "Conventional research on the roots of psychopathology and on the efficacy of treatment in controlled trials are only the first steps toward the ultimate goal of health care systems: improving the health of the public at large. Health services research picks up the baton from basic and clinical research to examine how services are delivered, their costs, and above all, their effectiveness in 'real world' settings. Research on the delivery of health care services can be thought of as addressing three goals. First, service use, along with epidemiological data on disease prevalence, is an indicator of the burden of disease on the general population and its economic consequences. Second, studies of service use provide information on the accessibility of services, i.e., the success or failure of the health care system to address the needs of its target population. Finally, studies of service use are important in simultaneously evaluating the effectiveness and cost of services, i.e., their ultimate value to the public."
National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
PTSD Research Quarterly (Summer 1999), v.10 no.3