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Mental health diagnoses and counseling among pilots of remotely piloted aircraft in the United States Air Force.

@article{Otto2013MentalHD,
  title={Mental health diagnoses and counseling among pilots of remotely piloted aircraft in the United States Air Force.},
  author={Jean Lin Otto and Bryant J. Webber},
  journal={MSMR},
  year={2013},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={
          3-8
        }
}
Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), also known as drones, have been used extensively in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although RPA pilots in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) have reported high levels of stress and fatigue, rates of mental health (MH) diagnoses and counseling in this population are unknown. We calculated incidence rates of 12 specific MH outcomes among all active component USAF RPA pilots between 1 October 2003 and 31 December 2011, and by various demographic and military… 

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