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Deployment Health

Deployment health encompasses issues associated with military service and can include a broad range of injuries and complex medical problems. Important aspects of deployment health being studied by HSR&D researchers include traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), polytrauma (affecting multiple body systems or organs), and post-service adjustment (reintegration) issues.

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(5 of more than 241 DEPLOYMENT focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 35 DEPLOYMENT focused publication briefs)

  • Military Sexual Trauma is Independent Risk Factor for Homelessness among Veterans, Particularly Male Veterans
    This study examined the relationship between military sexual trauma (MST) and post-deployment homelessness among a large cohort of OEF/OIF Veterans, including whether the relationship varied by sex, and whether MST was a predictor of homelessness independent of other risk factors (i.e., mental health and/or substance use disorders). Findings showed that a positive MST screen was independently rela...
    Date: June 1, 2016
  • Factors Associated with VA and Non-VA Mental Health Service Use among National Guard Soldiers
    This study sought to determine the associations between mental health need, enabling, and predisposing factors and mental health service use among National Guard soldiers in the first year following a combat deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Findings showed that overall mental health service use was strongly associated with need, including higher number of mental health conditions and worse physi...
    Date: February 3, 2016
  • Influence of Military Sexual Trauma among Male Veterans
    This study examined the demographic and diagnostic profiles, as well as interpersonal and vocational post-deployment functioning, in a large sample of OEF/OIF male Veterans. Of the Veterans in this study, 18% self-reported military sexual trauma (MST) perpetrated by a member of their unit, compared to only 0.3% having been reported during a clinical diagnostic interview. MST was a significant pred...
    Date: November 1, 2015
  • Predictors of OEF/OIF Army Active Duty Members’ Linkage to VA Healthcare Post-Deployment
    This study sought to describe the rates and predictors of linkage to VA healthcare in the first 365 days after separation for Army Active Duty members who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan from FY08 through FY11. Findings showed that within 12 months of separation, 48% of OEF/OIF Army Active Duty members used VA healthcare. There was significant variation in linkage to care rates by VA healthcare ...
    Date: October 1, 2015
  • Having Dependent Children Associated with Increased Risk of PTSD among OEF/OIF Veterans
    This is the first study to examine whether being the parent of a dependent child was, in itself, associated with the likelihood of post-deployment PTSD diagnosis among Veterans. Findings showed that after controlling for demographics, mental healthcare use, and other serious mental illness, OEF/OIF Veterans with dependent children were about 40% more likely to carry a diagnosis of PTSD. This assoc...
    Date: January 19, 2015

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( 5 of more than 22 DEPLOYMENT focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 16-096 Online and Shared Decision-Making Interventions to Engage Service Men and Women in Post-Deployment Mental Health Care Sadler, Anne 2018-06-01
IIR 14-399 Communicating the Impact of mTBI on Post-Deployment Reintegration using Photovoice True, Jennifer 2016-04-01
IIR 10-169 Measuring Quality of Life in Veterans with Deployment-Related PTSD Luther, Stephen 2012-04-01
SDR 10-398 Prospective Predictors of Veteran and Family Post-Deployment Mental Health Polusny, Melissa 2010-11-01
RRP 09-411 Assessing Implementation of Post-Deployment Integrated Care: Pilot Project Mittman, Brian 2010-04-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Deployment" publications displayed.

  • May 2011 FORUM
    ...of the Veteran in unique ways. Deployment Health Deployment health is increasingly recognized as a complex constellation of issues that involves...

  • August 2013 FORUM
    ...Developments in Post-Deployment Care Several developments in post-deployment care have emerged from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including...

  • August 2015 FORUM
    ...In the more than 13 years since publication of the IOM report, enterprise-level deployment of the U.S. translation of the Toyota Production System—widely...

  • May 2011 FORUM
    ...are not only shedding light on the prevalence of specific post-deployment health disorders but also on the fact that deployment- related health...

  • Improving the Quality of Healthcare for Women Veterans prevalent and bothersome urogenital symptoms and the impact of deployment- and military-related risk factors, including mental health symptoms...

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The most recent "Deployment" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
6/6/2018 Associations of PTSD, TBI, and Neurocognitive Performance over Time Vasterling, Jennifer  
6/5/2018 Caring for post-combat Veterans at the WRIISC (War Related Illness & Injury Study Center): Recommendations for management of chronic pain Ashford, John Wesson  
Mahoney, Louise  
Jennings, Jennifer  
12/11/2017 Whole Health from the Perspective of VA Caregivers: Findings from a Photovoice Study Urbina, Sharon  
Meyer, David  
True, Gala  
9/13/2017 Women Veterans' Reproductive Health Research across the Life Cycle: from Pregnancy to Menopause Katon, Jodie  
6/20/2017 Brain Injury and Psychological Health following Combat Deployment: Implications for Long Term Outcome Mac Donald, Christine  

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Other Resources

  • Learn more about the long-term, partner-based PTSD research being conducted within the HSR&D CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative.
  • Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA research into conditions specific to deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the Gulf War.
  • Learn more about the National Health Study for a New Generation of US Veterans.

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