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Psychosocial and healthcare experiences of OEF/OIF veterans prior to suicide: qualitative analysis of VA medical records
Denneson LM, Williams HB, Jacobson LE, Nguyen D, Dobscha SK. Psychosocial and healthcare experiences of OEF/OIF veterans prior to suicide: qualitative analysis of VA medical records. Military Behavioral Health. 2016 Jun 10; 5(1):1-11.
To identify priority areas for future research, this study describes the psychosocial and healthcare experiences of 38 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans before suicide. This analysis included veterans from 11 states who died by suicide and received Veterans Affairs healthcare in the 6 months before death. Findings revealed instances of under- or untreated mental health conditions, care coordination difficulties, and polypharmacy, and indicated the importance of examining military-related trauma and aggression, basic needs satisfaction, and treatment engagement in this veteran cohort.