An estimated 6% of all people in the United States and 7% of veterans will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. Deployment increases the risk of PTSD for veterans, with some studies showing that PTSD rates are three times higher among veterans who were deployed.
EDC has been selected by the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) at the Veterans Administration (VA) to redesign, build, and maintain a tool to assist U.S. military veterans with PTSD. Called PTSD Treatment Decision Aid, the tool helps users learn about effective PTSD treatment options. EDC will partner with Urban Emu, a user experience and software design firm, to revise, update, and improve the tool. The new version is expected to be released in July 2025.
In revising and redesigning the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid, EDC and Urban Emu will:
- Apply an evidence-informed framework for the development of patient decision aids
- Use human-centered design principles
- Conduct user testing with veterans
- Update the app to be used on mobile devices
- Add and update videos, resources, and other features
- In 2022 alone, 214,482 people used the current version of PTSD Treatment Decision Aid.