Veterans

Subjective stress in male veterans with spinal cord injury.

We undertook a telephone survey to examine perceived stress among 165 veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI) who received care from a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Measures included Perceived Stress Scale, Hassles Scale, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, Short-Form State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Satisfaction with Life Scale, and Short-Form Interpersonal Support Evaluation List. […]

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Predictors of psychosocial adaptation among people with spinal cord injury or disorder.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of disability-related medical and psychologic variables on psychosocial adaptation to spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D). DESIGN: A structural equation modeling design linking 3 sets of predictive variables to an outcome measure of adaptation. SETTING: Two outpatient SCI clinics (1 veteran, 1 civilian) in Texas. PARTICIPANTS: Veterans (n=181) and civilians […]

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The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis among veteran traumatic amputees and nonamputees.

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether amputees have an increased risk of knee pain or symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) compared with nonamputees. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Veterans Administration Patient Treatment and Outpatient Care files. PARTICIPANTS: All male unilateral (transtibial or transfemoral) traumatic amputee patients and a random sample of male nonamputees. Patients were excluded if they were […]

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Coronary artery disease and risk factors in people with posttraumatic vision loss.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) and its risk factors in people with posttraumatic vision loss (PTVL). DESIGN: Cross-sectional, controlled study. SETTING: The general community. PARTICIPANTS: Study groups included 82 subjects with PTVL, 49 siblings, 58 blind subjects with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and the general population in Israel. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. […]

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Regional variation and other correlates of Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Awards for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.

BACKGROUND: Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic disabling condition affecting more than 600,000 United States veterans and is the most common psychiatric condition for which veterans seek Veterans Affairs disability benefits. Receipt of such benefits enhances veterans’ access to Veteran Affairs health care and reduces their chance of poverty. OBJECTIVES: We […]

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Mitigating effect of Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder on low income.

OBJECTIVE: The goal was to assess the impact of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans’ odds of poverty. Women and African American veterans were of special interest, because they are less likely than other groups to receive PTSD disability benefits. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 4,918 veterans who applied […]

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Ethnicity, control appraisal, coping, and adjustment to chronic pain among black and white Americans.

OBJECTIVE: To identify similarities and differences among non-Hispanic black and white patients in pain appraisal, beliefs about pain, and ways of coping with pain. We also examined the association between these factors (i.e., appraisals, beliefs, coping) and patient perception or subjective experience of their functioning in each ethnic group. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of patients with […]

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Treatment patterns of multiple sclerosis patients: a comparison of veterans and non-veterans using the NARCOMS registry.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness of the central nervous system, with a highly variable clinical course. Available therapies are only partially effective and as a consequence treatment patterns between patients can be varied. Longitudinal databases consisting of large cohorts where successive and sequential data is collected may reveal disease and treatment characteristics not […]

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Prevalence and correlates of depression among veterans with multiple sclerosis.

OBJECTIVES: To establish the prevalence of major depressive episode (MDE) in a large sample of veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS); to identify demographic characteristics, aspects of disease presentation, and perceptions of disability associated with greater concurrent risk for MDE; and to examine the relationship between MDE, service utilization, and activity participation. METHODS: Veterans with MS […]

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Upper extremity reconstruction in the tetraplegic population, a national epidemiologic study.

PURPOSE: More than 100,000 Americans live with the disability of tetraplegia. For these people their level of independence often is related to the function of the upper extremity. Reconstructive procedures can improve the use of the upper limb and multiple case series have shown benefit from these procedures for appropriate candidates. Discussions with patients and […]

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