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Complementary and Alternative Medicine treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was the subject of the meeting held May 17, 2011 in Washington DC.

The workgroup will also recommend standards for credentialing and privileging CAM providers within VA.

The five most common CAM provided are Meditation (72% of VA hospitals); Stress Management / Relaxation Therapy (66%); Guided Imagery (58%) Progressive Muscle Relaxation (53%); and Biofeedback (50%).

Participants identified that efforts should be undertaken to improve documentation of CAM in the VA electronic health record.

The VA Office of Mental Health is pursuing development of clinical demonstration projects which would examine current treatment and practice of meditation for PTSD at 4 to 8 sites.

Meeting participants noted that it is important for the demonstration projects to examine how changes in provider type, setting, and context impact patient CAM outcomes, and potential adverse events associated with CAM treatments.

Over a 12 month period, 39% indicated that they used at least one CAM treatment.

Individuals reporting one or more health conditions were more likely to use CAM.

The greatest breadth of evidence exists for relaxation interventions-three RCTs were identified that examined forms of breathing and muscle relaxation.