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Prescribing for Older Veterans with PTSD


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Prescribing for Older Veterans with PTSD

  • Date Created: 08/ 1/2014
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, ACPE, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Prescribing for Older Veterans with PTSD Author(s):

Beth Cohen, MD, MAS


Older adults with PTSD face unique challenges in regard to comorbid problems, polypharmacy, and cognitive decline. The course, Prescribing for Older Veterans with PTSD, provides general information about PTSD and best psychopharmacology treatment practices in this group.

This course reviews the prevalence and incidence of PTSD in older adults and describes the role of aging and cognitive impairment in PTSD among older patients. Based upon data primarily from Veteran samples, recommendations and cautions for psychopharmacology in older adults with PTSD are presented.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology of PTSD in older patients
  • Describe cognitive impairment in PTSD
  • Report the best practices for pharmacotherapy in this population

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health