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Geographical diffusion of prazosin across Veterans Health Administration: Examination of regional variation in daily dosing and quality indicators among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder

Thad E. Abrams, MD, MS, et al.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common and disabling illness for many of our returning Veterans. Prazosin is an innovative and effective therapy that is not considered a conventional psychiatric treatment; thus, examining prazosin diffusion can potentially serve as an indicator for diffusion of innovation and as an indicator of PTSD treatment more broadly. This article demonstrates the current regional pattern of diffusion and examines prazosin distribution compared with quality indicators in order to examine whether there are regional disparities in PTSD pharmacotherapy. Prazosin utilization and dosing remain disparate across the geographic bands outside of Puget Sound, Washington, yet do not appear to reflect a quality prescribing gap more broadly.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.08.0200

Volume 52 Number 5, 2015
   Pages 619 — 628


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Abrams TE, Lund BC, Alexander B, Bernardy NC, Friedman MJ. Geographical diffusion of prazosin across Veterans Health Administration: Examination of regional variation in daily dosing and quality indicators among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(5):619–28.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.08.0200
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