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Interventions for complex trauma & upcoming Research Prioritisation Day #INCiTEstudy

Posted on 25 May 2018

For the last year CRD has joined with international collaborators at the University of Verona and partnered with MHARG, the University of Manchester and The Retreat Hospital in York to undertake an ambitious systematic review - INterventions for Complex Traumatic Events (INCiTE) - funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme. This is the first review of its kind to attempt to synthesise data about the clinical effectiveness and acceptability of psychological and/or pharmacological treatments for people exposed to complex traumatic events.

Complex traumatic events are characterised by prolonged or repeated instances of interpersonal trauma that are 'extremely threatening or horrific and from which escape is difficult or impossible due to physical, psychological, maturational, family/environmental, or social constraints'.(1) Experiences leading to this can include: prolonged domestic abuse, community violence, childhood abuse, torture, war/conflict or exploitation. Existing international clinical guidelines (including NICE guidance) for PTSD do not extend to people whose main problems are 'enduring personality change after catastrophic experiences', CPTSD or Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS).(2)

Research Prioritisation Day

A key goal for the INCiTE study is to identify candidate interventions that can be evaluated further in robust assessments funded by NIHR. To do this we will be hosting a Research Prioritisation Day on 9th July at the University of York. We’ve invited key stakeholders who represent the plight and causes of those affected by complex trauma. We’re pleased to announce that the #BeyondTheRoom team will be attending to promote the day on Twitter and blog spots.

You can follow updates and news about our review and this event on our Twitter page: @UoY_INCiTE

The hashtag for the day is #INCiTEstudy

Protocol registered on PROSPERO.

1. Cloitre M, Garvert DW, Brewin CR, et al. Evidence for proposed ICD-11 PTSD and complex PTSD: a latent profile analysis. Eur J Psychotraumatol 2013;4 doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.20706

2. National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. The management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care. National Clinical Practice Guideline Number 26. London: Gaskell and the British Psychological Society, 2005.