Veterans

The US Air Force suicide prevention program: implications for public health policy

Knox KL, Pflanz S, Talcott GW, Campise RL, Lavigne JE, Bajorska A, Tu X, Caine ED. Am J Public Health. 2010 Dec;100(12):2457-63. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.159871. Epub 2010 May 13. SOURCE:  Canandaigua VA Medical Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Canandaigua, NY, USA. kerry.knox@va.gov OBJECTIVES:  We evaluated the effectiveness of the US Air Force Suicide Prevention Program […]

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Racial/Ethnic disparities in mortality risk among US veterans with traumatic brain injury.

Egede LE, Dismuke C, Echols C. Am J Public Health. 2012 May;102 Suppl 2:S266-71. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300176. Epub 2011 Nov 28. SOURCE:   Center for Disease Prevention and Health Interventions for Diverse Populations, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC, USA. egedel@musc.edu OBJECTIVES:  We examined the association of race/ethnicity with mortality risk in a national […]

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An emergency department-based brief intervention for veterans at risk for suicide (SAFE VET)

  Knox KL, Stanley B, Currier GW, Brenner L, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M, Brown G. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102 Suppl 1:S33-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300501. SOURCE:  Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Rochester, NY, USA. Kerry.Knox@va.gov Reducing deaths from veteran suicide is a public health priority for veterans who receive their […]

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Reduced mortality among Department of Veterans Affairs patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder lost to follow-up and engaged in active outreach to return for care

Davis CL, Kilbourne AM, Blow FC, Pierce JR, Winkel BM, Huycke E, Langberg R, Lyle D, Phillips Y, Visnic S. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102 Suppl 1:S74-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300502. Epub 2012 Jan 25.  SOURCE:  Veterans Health Administration, Office of Medical Inspector, Washington, DC 20420, USA. cldavis@va.gov OBJECTIVES:  We determined whether contacting Department of Veterans […]

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Should preparation for elite sporting participation be included in the rehabilitation process of war-injured veterans?

Chockalingam N, Thomas NB, Duval L. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2012 Sep;36(3):270-7. doi: 10.1177/0309364612447096. SOURCE:  Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, UK. n.chockalingam@staffs.ac.uk BACKGROUND:  Participation in sport and exercise training, while aiding in the reintegration and confidence building of wounded service personnel, also has potential to prepare them for elite sport competition. It is this encouragement of […]

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Diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury among veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars: implications for social work

Speziale B, Kulbago S, Menter A. J Soc Work Disabil Rehabil. 2010;9(4):289-302. doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2010.523664. SOURCE: College of Social Work, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA. speziale.1@osu.edu Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious condition affecting many American veterans who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Using a biopsychosocial […]

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Sex differences in perceived life satisfaction and functional status one year after severe traumatic brain injury

Saban KL, Smith BM, Collins EG, Pape TL. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Feb;20(2):179-86. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2334. SOURCE:  Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care, Edward Hines, Jr., Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Illinois, USA. ksaban@luc.edu AIMS:  The primary aim of this study was to describe and compare perceived life satisfaction and perceived functional motor and cognitive […]

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Examining the dimensionality of combat-related posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms in treatment-seeking OEF/OIF/OND veterans

Tsai J, Pietrzak RH, Southwick SM, Harpaz-Rotem I. J Affect Disord. 2011 Dec;135(1-3):310-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2011.06.057. Epub 2011 Jul 22. SOURCE:  VA New England Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, West Haven, CT 06516, USA. Jack.Tsai@yale.edu BACKGROUND:  This study examined the factor structure of two of the most commonly used screening measures of posttraumatic stress […]

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Association of substance use and VA service-connected disability benefits with risk of homelessness among veterans

Edens EL, Kasprow W, Tsai J, Rosenheck RA. Am J Addict. 2011 Sep-Oct;20(5):412-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00166.x. Epub 2011 Aug 11. SOURCE:  VA New England Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516, USA. ellen.edens@va.gov Recent public attention on homelessness has shifted beyond emergency services and supportive housing to primary prevention. […]

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Perceptions of quality of health care among veterans with psychiatric disorders

Burnett-Zeigler I, Zivin K, Ilgen MA, Islam K, Bohnert AS. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Sep;62(9):1054-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.62.9.1054. SOURCE:  Health Services Research and Development, Veterans AffairsAnn Arbor Healthcare System, 2215 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA. in-gerebz@med.umich.edu;  Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Apr;63(4):310. Islam, Khairul [added]. OBJECTIVE:  An estimated 37% to 40% of veterans treated by the U.S. […]

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