Stability of recall of military hazards over time

  title={Stability of recall of military hazards over time},
  author={Simon Wessely and Catherine Unwin and Matthew Hotopf and Lisa Hull and Khalida Ismail and V. Nicolaou and Anthony S. David},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={314 - 322}
Background Wartime traumatic events are related to subsequent psychological and physical health, but quantifying the association is problematic. Memory changes over time and is influenced by psychological status. Aims To use a large, two-stage cohort study of members of the UK armed forces to study changes in recall of both traumatic and ‘toxic’ hazards. Method A questionnaire-based follow-up study assessed 2370 UK military personnel, repeating earlier questions about exposure to military… 
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