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The overall consensus in the literature has been that treatment for torture survivors lags behind in scientific research and clinical development when compared with other trauma fields.
- Refs: Jaranson & Quiroga, 2011; Kinzie, et al, 2012).
Right now, you may be thinking, “I prefer to give to an individual torture survivor to make his or her life better. This is something I can imagine and see.” Funding direct services is critical, but we want you to know that research is also vitally important.
Right now, we don't know which psychiatric and psychological treatments are the most effective.
The NCTTP has shown great potential to be a research leader on the efficacy of treatment for torture survivors, but, currently, the NCTTP currently has very little infrastructure, receives no regular funding, operates on minimal dues.
NCTTP data shows survivors of torture from over 125 countries have recently or are currently being treated in NCTTP treatment centers. Most of these Survivors have very serious psychiatric diagnoses and chronic physical health issues. In health literature, there is growing evidence of a connection between torture and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and possibly, dementia.
Since 2008, the NCTTP Data Project has collected demographic, diagnoses, type of torture, and pilot functional outcome data on over 10,000 survivors of torture receiving treatment in NCTTP Centers across the United States. Over 8,000 of these survivors have come as new clients since 2008. The NCTTP’s capacity to collect data on such large numbers of torture survivors critically increases reliability and the potential impact of these data.
A manuscript summarizing these data has been accepted for publication by the Torture Journal. These data will be able to be shared on this website following publication. Considerations for the NCTTP’s future research plans include outcome studies on quality of life, physical health problems, psychological symptoms and diagnoses.
To date, the NCTTP Data Project has operated completely as a volunteer project with no dedicated funding for any technical or administrative assistance. The project likely cannot be sustained without funding.
The guiding principles of the NCTTP Data Project are:
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