Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts up to 20 percent of veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Digital health tools hold enormous potential for helping them and other individuals coping with PTSD or life stress to manage symptoms between clinician visits.
Alongside the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), EDC designed PTSD Coach Online, a suite of online digital health tools that support individuals coping with stress—anywhere, anytime. Based on the popular PTSD Coach mobile app, developed by the NCPTSD, PTSD Coach Online offers a glimpse into the potential of evidence-based digital health tools to support populations in need.
The PTSD Coach Online project:
- Designed the PTSD Coach Online website. This resource contains 17 evidence-informed tools to help individuals manage symptoms of stress and PTSD, including:
- Stress-relieving breathing exercises
- Strategies for understanding thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Interactive activities to improve stress
PTSD Coach Online had more than 110,000 views in 2015.