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Editor's e-Note
Until recently, health care professionals used early symptoms to predict PTSD; this procedure had its drawbacks. Now, a new computational tool has been devised that extends the ability to effectively predict who will likely develop PTSD. For example, it shows that features like the occurrence of head trauma or duration of stay in the emergency department can be integrated into an improved predictive tool.

Devising a strong predictive model is important for tailoring prevention efforts for people at risk for developing PTSD.

Read more about the new tool in this month’s e-exclusive.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
Risk Patterns Identified That Make People More Vulnerable to PTSD

Researchers have built a new computational tool that identifies 800 different ways people are at increased risk for PTSD, permitting for the first time a personalized prediction guide.

Results from the study out of NYU Langone Medical Center are published online in the journal BMC Psychiatry.

“Our study shows that high-risk individuals who have experienced a traumatic event can be identified less than two weeks after they are first seen in the emergency department,” says Arieh Y. Shalev, MD, the Barbara Wilson professor in the department of psychiatry at NYU Langone and a codirector of NYU’s Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center. “Until now, we have not had a tool—in this case a computational algorithm—that can weigh the many different ways in which trauma occurs to individuals and provides a personalized risk estimate.”

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