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Identifying probable Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Applying supervised machine learning to data from a UK military cohort

Early identification of probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to early intervention and treatment. This study aimed to evaluate supervised machine learning (ML) classifiers for the identification of probable PTSD in those who are serving, or have recently served…

Mental health outcomes at the end of the British involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts: a cohort study

Little is known about the prevalence of mental health outcomes in UK personnel at the end of the British involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. We examined the prevalence of mental disorders and alcohol misuse, whether this differed between…

Treatment pathways for veterans who access secondary mental health care services in the United Kingdom: A feasibility study

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…

Comparing clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes between Veterans and non-Veterans with hoarding disorder

Because Veterans have higher rates of mental health conditions and both physical and mental health comorbidities are known to affect treatment outcomes, the purpose of this investigation was to compare the rates of risk factors for poor hoarding treatment outcomes…

Medical Records Flag for Suicide Risk : Predictors and Subsequent Use of Care Among Veterans With Substance Use Disorders

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system established policies to include patient record flags (PRFs) for high suicide risk in the electronic medical record to alert providers and to increase health care contacts. This study identified predictors…

Psychotropic Pharmacotherapy Associated With QT Prolongation Among Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration issued Drug Safety Communications on several drugs associated with QT prolongation and fatal ventricular arrhythmias. Among these was citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) approved for depression and commonly used for posttraumatic…

An Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program for Veterans with Chronic Pain : Description and Initial Evaluation of Outcomes

Chronic pain conditions are prominent among Veterans. To leverage the biopsychosocial model of pain and comprehensively serve Veterans with chronic pain, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has implemented the interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program (IPRP). This study aims to…

Opioid use disorder and homelessness in the Veterans Health Administration : The challenge of multimorbidity

Objective: The aim of this study is to estimate the prevalence and sociodemographic and clinical correlates of opioid use disorder (OUD), a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, among homeless veterans nationally in the Veterans Health…

Patterns of conventional and complementary non-pharmacological health practice use by US military veterans : a cross-sectional latent class analysis

BACKGROUND: Non-pharmacological therapies and practices are commonly used for both health maintenance and management of chronic disease. Patterns and reasons for use of health practices may identify clinically meaningful subgroups of users. The objectives of this study were to identify…