PTSD Coach Sweden: reduction and management of symptoms related to traumatic events

We are investigating if the use of a self-management intervention using a mobile app can decrease trauma-related reactions, increase wellbeing in people’s everyday life and decrease the need and use of health care.

The purpose of the study is to investigate if use of an easily accessible self-management intervention can relieve suffering or support people in the process of recovering from posttraumatic stress. The long-term purpose of the project is to make support and information more available for people who have been exposed to traumatic events, and therefore risk developing posttraumatic stress. This could help facilitate the work of health care instances in extraordinarily demanding situations, such as during severe events where many people are exposed to traumatic events simultaneously.

PTSD Coach Sweden is a smartphone application (app) containing information about posttraumatic stress, support strategies and exercises for managing symptoms, and contact information to receive care for these complications. The app was developed by American government organizations (National Center for PTSD in collaboration with the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology). We at the Centre for Disaster Psychiatry have adapted, translated and evaluated user satisfaction and perceived helpfulness of the Swedish version of PTSD Coach, Click here to read the article; A pilot study of user satisfaction and perceived helpfulness of the Swedish version of the mobile app PTSD Coach: European Journal of Psychotraumatology: Vol 9, No sup1

The participants in the study are interviewed over the phone and respond to questionnaires online or in their mobile phone at a few time points over nine months’ time. Participants get access to the app at the beginning of the study or after three months.

Project team:

Filip Arnberg,Primary investigator
Ida Hensler
Josefin Sveen
Martin Cernvall
Kerstin Bergh Johannesson

Ida Hensler

PhD student at National Centre for Disaster Psychiatry


Assistant with doctoral duties at Department of Medical Sciences, Psychiatry

Last modified: 2022-02-22