Exposure to armed combat, mass violence, and natural disasters increases the potential for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For instance, soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and people affected by Hurricane Katrina are at high risk for developing PTSD.
Because people suffering from PTSD present challenges for public and private healthcare systems, identifying and developing effective prevention and treatment programs is critical. At the same time, strategies for controlling treatment costs must be explored.
Abt has decades of experience in behavioral healthcare research. We help clients identify, develop, and deliver PTSD prevention and treatment services that support the health and well-being of military personnel and other people at risk.
We have substantial expertise in research design, survey research, and advanced quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Abt specializes in reaching and surveying diverse populations using a range of advanced technologies—including computer-aided surveys and Web-based systems.
We have particular expertise in conducting large-scale, longitudinal studies and program evaluations. We also have considerable experience in studying the funding, regulation, and administration of federal-state service systems. We have also worked with insurance providers—critical factors in charting cost-control strategies for mental health care.
Our diverse, multidisciplinary staff includes leaders in the mental health field and specialists from academic, clinical, legal, and agency backgrounds. We have worked closely with numerous federal and state agencies, foundations, and provider organizations. Abt is also familiar with defense department research protocols.