Sexual Assault in Women Veterans: An Examination of PTSD Risk, Health Care Utilization, and Cost of Care

@article{Surs2004SexualAI,
  title={Sexual Assault in Women Veterans: An Examination of PTSD Risk, Health Care Utilization, and Cost of Care},
  author={A. Sur{\'i}s and L. Lind and T. M. Kashner and Patricia D. Borman and F. Petty},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={66},
  pages={749-756}
}
Objective: This study examines the differential impact of military, civilian adult, and childhood sexual assault on the likelihood of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It also examines the relationship of military sexual assault (MSA) to service utilization and health care costs among women who access services through Veterans Affairs (VA). Methods: A convenience sample of 270 veteran women receiving medical and/or mental health treatment at the VA North Texas Healthcare System… Expand
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