First results of VA study on PTSD and service dogs
As authorized by Congress, VA has completed a study to determine if service dogs can help Veterans with PTSD. The first of two monographs (Monograph 1) describing the study is now publicly available for download here.
Evaluating different treatment options for Veterans coping with PTSD and other mental health issues is a top priority for VA. The study team and affected clinical program offices, which include VA's Office of Research and Development, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services, are undertaking a thorough review of the findings and their interpretation. VA is working to refine conclusions and recommendations and fully understand policy implications of the results.
To learn more about VA’s Service Dog Veterinary Health Benefit, visit www.prosthetics.va.gov/ServiceAndGuideDogs.asp. Read more about VA research on PTSD at www.research.va.gov/topics/ptsd.cfm.
As required by Section 1077 of P.L. 111-84, Monograph 1 was reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
A second monograph reporting on health economics and cost-effectiveness is expected to be released to the public in September 2021. It is currently under NASEM review.