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Improving the awareness and care of veterans in healthcare services

This article aims to raise awareness of veterans (people who have served in the UK military) who are receiving nursing care. Nurses will often provide care and treatment for veterans, so they should be aware of the potential health needs…

Gambling Problems and Military- and Health-Related Behaviour in UK Armed Forces Veterans

Internationally, problem gambling is elevated in Armed Forces veterans compared to the general population. Here, we re-examined the prevalence of problem gambling in veterans and non-veterans residing in England using an established large dataset and investigated whether gambling was associated…

UK Armed Forces mental health annual statistics: 2018/19

This annual bulletin provides statistical information on mental health in the UK Armed Forces for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2019. It summarises all initial assessments for a new episode of care of Service personnel at MOD…

Mental Health Disorders and Alcohol Misuse Among UK Military Veterans and the General Population: A Comparison Study

Background: For a small minority, military service can have a negative impact on their mental health. Yet no studies have assessed how the mental health of UK veterans (who served during the recent operations in Afghanistan or Iraq) compares to…

Relationship of traumatic brain injury to chronic mental health problems and dementia in military veterans

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an unfortunately common event in military life. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have increased public awareness of TBI in the military. Certain injury mechanisms are relatively unique to the military, the most prominent being…

Mutual maintenance of PTSD and physical symptoms for Veterans returning from deployment

Background: The mutual maintenance model proposes that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and chronic physical symptoms have a bi-directional temporal relationship. Despite widespread support for this model, there are relatively few empirical tests of the model and these have primarily…

Childhood adversities and psychopathology among military veterans in the US: The mediating role of social networks

Childhood adversities can impact negatively on psychological health across the lifespan. Many military veterans have a history of adverse childhood experiences, which when combined with deployment related traumas, can lead to high levels of psychopathology. Social networks can however be…

Veterans Affairs patient database (VAPD 2014–2017): building nationwide granular data for clinical discovery

To study patient physiology throughout a period of acute hospitalization, we sought to create accessible, standardized nationwide data at the level of the individual patient-facility-day. This methodology paper summarizes the development, organization, and characteristics of the Veterans Affairs Patient Database…

Gender Differences in Response to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans

Background Most of our knowledge base regarding treatment response among veterans comes from predominantly male samples. Evidence suggests, however, that women and men use different coping strategies, which may impact how effective treatments are for people of different genders. The…

Danger- and non-danger-based stressors and their relations to posttraumatic deprecation or growth in Norwegian veterans deployed to Afghanistan

Twelve war zone related traumatic events were used to form two stressor categories. The non-danger-based category included two stressor types: Moral Challenges and Witnessing, and the danger-based category included one type: Personal Threat. Thus, three stressor types were explored in…