Anwar Khan*1, Faseeh Ullah2, Omer Abid3, Khizra Hafeez Awan4
1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Management Sciences, Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
2 Clinical Psychologist, Paraplegic Centre Peshawar, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
3 Clinical Psychologist, Category-D Government Hospital, Badaber, Peshawar District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
4 Clinical Psychologist, The Indus Hospital, University Town, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after exposure to or witnessing traumatic events. PTSD is very common among the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients. PTSD can be successfully treated with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, CBT is mostly used in the western countries, so its efficacy in the eastern culture is still not fully known. Keeping this in view, the current study has determined the efficacy of CBT in the treatment of PTSD among the SCI patients in Pakistan. Using a Randomized Controlled Pilot Study design, data were collected through the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 from thirty patients admitted to the Paraplegic Center. Trauma-focused CBT(TF-CBT) protocol was applied through fourteen sessions. Data were analyzed by descriptive and multivariate statistics. Findings show that the level of PTSD symptoms gradually decreased from high at baseline (CAPS-5 Mean Scores μ= 3.6) to low during follow-up stage (CAPS-5 Mean Scores μ= 0.89). Results obtained from the present study on the efficacy of CBT are in concurrence with the research findings in other countries. This study supports the efficiency of CBT intervention among Pakistani patients who had developed PTSD symptoms after suffering from SCI. Therefore, CBT can be widely used in the management of PTSD in Pakistan.
Please cite this article as: Khan, A., Ullah, F., Abid, O., & Awan, K. H. (2021). EFFICACY OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY IN POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AMONG SPINAL CORD INJURY PATIENTS: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED PILOT STUDY. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 21(2).
Published online: 2021/09/01
Published print: 2021/09/01
Keywords: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Spinal Cord Injury, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Treatment As Usual, Paraplegia