Although the physical outcomes associated with SCI have been widely studied, the psychological consequences of sustaining a SCI remain less explored. Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a well-researched and highly effective treatment for PTSD across multiple traumas. However, early intervention with Brief PE for PTSD prevention among people post SCI in a rehabilitation setting has not yet been tested. We aim to conduct the first test of the Brief PE intervention to prevent PTSD among patients with SCI.
We will conduct a RCT to examine the efficacy of the modified Brief PE intervention delivered in an inpatient rehabilitation setting post-SCI to reduce PTSD symptoms (primary outcome) at 1, 3, and 6 months from baseline; (2) Examine the efficacy of the modified brief PE intervention on secondary outcomes including depression, general anxiety, pain, and quality of life at 1, 3, and 6 months from baseline; and (3) Assess the feasibility and fidelity of delivering the Brief PE intervention to people with SCI.