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MUSC's Kilpatrick to Address Congress Regarding PTSD Care
Date:2/26/2008

Renowned Psychologist Reports Problems in VA System for Veterans with PTSD

CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., MUSC distinguished university professor and director of the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center at MUSC's Institute of Psychiatry, testified before Congress Feb 26 and will again on Feb. 27 on behalf of the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Compensation Committee regarding findings in a May 2007 report. Issued to the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report examines the Veterans Administration's (VA) practices in evaluating and compensating veterans for PTSD. Overall, the IOM report found:
-- Scales used to measure PTSD in veterans have limited usefulness in

determining the level of disability

-- Scientific literature supports a type of PTSD, delayed onset, that

manifests long after the original traumatic situation, scenario or act

took place

-- PTSD veterans can be misdiagnosed or not develop a full-threshold of

PTSD yet still experience problems

Kilpatrick's testimony took place before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Feb. 26. He will testify at the Senate hearing Feb. 27. Three issues in the IOM report received attention: the creation of PTSD-specific evaluation criteria, the advisability of periodic reexamination of veterans who are receiving compensation, and quality of life compensation. Kilpatrick recommends short-term and long-term changes regarding the diagnosis and access to disability benefits for veterans with PTSD.

Kilpatrick will be available for interviews by phone from 5-9 p.m. EST on the 26th and after 11 a.m. EST on the 27th.

** Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday (Feb. 27), a link to a live audio and video

feed should appear at:

http://veterans.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?pageid=16&release_id=11532

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 10,000 employees. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.3 billion. MUSC operates a 600-bed medical center, which includes a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit http://www.muschealth.com .


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