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March 9, 2005

Screening for Psychological Illness in Military Personnel

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Public Health Sciences, King’s College, London, United Kingdom (Dr Rona); Office of Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC (Dr Hyams); and King’s Centre for Military Health Research, Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom (Dr Wessely).

JAMA. 2005;293(10):1257-1260. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1257

Ongoing events in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to renewed calls to implement widespread screening of members of armed forces to identify those at risk of future psychiatric injury before deployment and to identify those with psychological problems on their return home.1,2 If the military could predict who will develop psychological illness due to combat stress, military personnel and commanders would benefit during conflict, and veterans would have fewer mental health problems following a war.

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