EMDR Given An “A” Level Rating as PTSD Treatment

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) has rated EMDR as a Level A treatment for Adult Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the recent release of its second edition of Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2009).  The Level A rating is based on the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Guidelines, and is the highest rating available on the scale.

This is incredibly exciting news for the EMDR community as it serves as a crucial step towards continued wide spread acceptance of EMDR as a top-tier PTSD treatment!

The second edition of Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2009) says:

“We assigned EMDR for treatment of adult PTSD an AHCPR rating of Level A. Studies have continued to improve in quality and relative importance of research focus. To be sure, continued research is warranted, as is continued methodological improvement in that research. However, in our view, these caveats are appropriate for all techniques addressing trauma treatment (i.e., sample size increases, improvements in fidelity and integrity ratings, and additional comparisons that further clarify the question of which patients benefit most). With regard to the application of EMDR to children, we assign an AHCPR rating of Level B. Clearly, the direction in the examination of EMDR for children has been a greater emphasis on RCT’s, but the area still suffers from a lack of quantity and replication of such investigations. As the number and quality of these studies improve, meta-analytic investigations will also assist the move to a higher classification.”

“Among the advances highlighted in this edition are solid studies demonstrating the efficacy of EMDR.”

We feel that this recommendation will help to silence EMDR’s critics and continue the growth of EMDR as a PTSD treatment. What do you think?

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