Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Improving Outcome Study Design: Association of Psychosocial Factors with Recovery of Survivors of Torture

Outcome studies related to torture treatment programs are limited, and most involve mental health. A broader understanding of how psychosocial factors affect survivors of torture and their impact on recovery is needed, but limited resources often preclude organizations from sufficient monitoring and evaluation. A historical retrospective study was conducted on 58 clients of Survivors of Torture, International (SOTI). Intake data were collected when clients registered for services at SOTI. Follow up data were collected after six months of services. Of the 58 survivors included in this study, 72.41% believed their symptoms had improved, and a similar 70.77% believed they dealt with their daily problems more effectively, since starting services at SOTI. Data points which capture intensity and frequency of exposures of interest and basic and enhanced study designs are proposed to better evaluate torture treatment programs in a practical manner that community organizations can implement with limited resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three to five psychosocial factors which may influence recovery of survivors of torture
  2. Define SMART goals/objectives and their use in monitoring and evaluation
  3. Identify two possible strategies for improved study design
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