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MUSC's Kilpatrick to Address Congress Regarding PTSD Care

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 General News J E 4
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CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 26 Dean Kilpatrick,Ph.D., MUSC distinguished university professor and director of the NationalCrime Victim's Research and Treatment Center at MUSC's Institute ofPsychiatry, testified before Congress Feb 26 and will again on Feb. 27 onbehalf of the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Compensation Committeeregarding findings in a May 2007 report. Issued to the Veterans DisabilityBenefits Commission, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report examines theVeterans Administration's (VA) practices in evaluating and compensatingveterans for PTSD. Overall, the IOM report found:

Kilpatrick's testimony took place before the House Committee on VeteransAffairs Feb. 26. He will testify at the Senate hearing Feb. 27. Three issuesin the IOM report received attention: the creation of PTSD-specific evaluationcriteria, the advisability of periodic reexamination of veterans who arereceiving compensation, and quality of life compensation. Kilpatrickrecommends short-term and long-term changes regarding the diagnosis and accessto disability benefits for veterans with PTSD.

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

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina isthe oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition ofexcellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trainsmore than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 10,000 employees. Asthe largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and itsaffiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.3 billion. MUSCoperates a 600-bed medical center, which includes a leading Institute ofPsychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services,visit www.muschealth.com .-- 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

SOURCE The Medical University of South Carolina
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