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Medical News & Perspectives
April 23 2008

VA, Military Seek Office-Based PTSD Care

JAMA. 2008;299(16):1885-1886. doi:10.1001/jama.299.16.1885

Savannah, Ga—Scientists from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the armed forces are assessing various strategies to boost screening and care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in primary care settings, according to presentations at the annual conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America in March.

The prevalence of PTSD among soldiers returning from active duty is estimated to range from 6.2% to 24.5% (Milliken CS et al. JAMA. 2007;298[18]:2141-2148). Despite PTSD's prevalence and its association with substantial reductions in a person's functioning and quality of life, high rates of psychiatric comorbidity, and frequent use of medical services, as many as half of those with this disorder go undiagnosed and untreated, explained Kristie L. Gore, PhD, associate director of research at the Department of Defense's Deployment Health Clinical Center in Washington, DC.