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).
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.
Rona RJ, Hyams KC, Wessely S. Screening for Psychological Illness in Military Personnel. JAMA. 2005;293(10):1257-1260. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1257