Thompson-Hollands et al.’s (2020) commentary on our systematic review of exposure-based writing therapies for subthreshold and clinical posttraumatic stress symptoms (Dawson et al., 2020) emphasizes important questions about the impact of heterogeneity in drawing inferences from evidence reviews. In this reply, we discuss (a) our rationale for undertaking a systematic review that was broad rather than narrow in scope and (b) provide clarifications on how heterogeneity was considered in the meta-analyses that were conducted. We also strongly agree with Thompson-Hollands et al.’s recommendation that future research should focus on better understanding the mechanisms by which exposure-based writing therapies help reduce posttraumatic stress symptoms.
- exposure-based writing therapies
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- posttraumatic stress symptoms