VA mental health services utilization in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the first year of receiving new mental health diagnoses.

@article{Seal2010VAMH,
  title={VA mental health services utilization in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the first year of receiving new mental health diagnoses.},
  author={Karen Hope Seal and Shira Maguen and Beth Ellen Cohen and Kristian S. Gima and Thomas J. Metzler and Li Ren and Daniel S Bertenthal and Charles R Marmar},
  journal={Journal of traumatic stress},
  year={2010},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={
          5-16
        }
}
Little is known about mental health services utilization among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. Of 49,425 veterans with newly diagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), only 9.5% attended 9 or more VA mental health sessions in 15 weeks or less in the first year of diagnosis. In addition, engagement in 9 or more VA treatment sessions for PTSD within 15 weeks varied by predisposing variables (age and gender), enabling variables… CONTINUE READING
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