This report explores veteran access to secondary mental health care services within the UK.
A considerable number of military veterans suffering with mental health problems fail to seek professional help for their difficulties. Previous research focusing on United Kingdom (UK) veterans who do engage in treatment tells us mainly about those accessing primary care services. Although it is useful to investigate the profile of ex-serving personnel who initiate their mental health treatment through primary care, there is a relative lack of quantitative evidence concerning those who access secondary care services – that is, more specialist mental health care, frequently delivered in higher intensity therapeutic clinics or hospitals. This research used two electronic health record (EHR) case registers to explore the utility and feasibility of identifying veterans accessing secondary mental health care services within the UK. In addition, the report compared the socio-demographic profiles, the types of mental health disorders and the treatment pathways of veterans who engage in secondary mental health care services within the UK, across two different settings.
Mark, K., Murphy, D., Pernet, D., Stevelink, S. and Fear, N. T., 2018. Treatment pathways for veterans who access secondary mental health care services in the United Kingdom: A feasibility study. Preliminary Report. London: King's Centre for Military Health Research.