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Utilisation of the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups across England: a freedom of information investigation

To determine the extent to which National Health Service (NHS) service providers appoint a named Armed Forces veteran lead or champion, and to explore the commissioning of veteran-specific services by Clinical Commissioning Groups. A convergent mixed method design was used…

Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans: systematic narrative review

Loneliness and social isolation are being increasingly recognized as influencing both physical and mental health. There is limited research carried out with military veterans and, to date, there is no review of existing evidence. To synthesize and examine the evidence…

Reduced Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Among Veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are highly comorbid conditions associated with reduced health-related quality of life. Comorbid prevalence is especially high among veterans, ranging from 23% to 51%, but there is limited research on integrative treatments.…

PTSD is associated with emotional eating among veterans seeking treatment for overweight/obesity

Both obesity and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among veterans. Veterans with PTSD are at higher risk for obesity and have poorer outcomes in obesity treatment. We examined emotional eating among veterans presenting for obesity treatment, and its relationship…

Exploring patterns of alcohol misuse in treatment-seeking UK veterans: A cross-sectional study

To explore patterns of alcohol misuse in a sample of treatment-seeking veterans compared to the UK Armed Forces personnel population and the general public. Furthermore, the present study investigated which variables were associated with alcohol misuse in this sample, and…

The impact of military service on health and well-being

While it is known that some UK Armed Forces (UK AF) personnel and veterans experience physical and mental health problems, the possible future healthcare needs of military veterans are unknown. To estimate the number of military personnel who may experience…

Quality of mitral valve surgery at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Reports questioning the quality and access to care at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been constantly featured in the national press.1 In this issue of the Journal, Bakaeen and colleagues2 provide a comprehensive report on the status…

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…