More than one-third of Veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan and entering the VA healthcare system have received a mental health diagnosis. Research focuses on a variety of issues related to several mental health conditions affecting Veterans that range from PTSD and depression to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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Haedtke C, Smith M, VanBuren J, Klein D, Turvey C. The Characteristics of Pain in Patients Diagnosed with Depression and Heart Failure. Pain Management Nursing : Official Journal of The American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 2017 Dec 1; 18(6):353-362.
Comparing Food Insecurity between Veterans and non-Veterans This study examined the prevalence of food insecurity in an older male population. Findings showed that there was a significantly lower prevalence of food insecurity among male Veterans compared to non-Veterans (6% vs. 12%, respectively). Nevertheless, several factors predisposed male Veterans to a higher risk for being food insecure. Younger Veterans (aged 50-64) were more likely to be food insec...
Prescription Opioid Use among Patients with Recent History of Depression Increases Risk of Recurrence This study examined whether patients in depression remission who were prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain had an increased risk of depression recurrence. Investigators analyzed two patient populations: Veterans treated in the VA healthcare system, and patients treated by a non-profit integrated healthcare system located in Texas. Findings showed that prescription opioid use among patients with ...
Watch the HSR&D's video series on mental health, which features several researchers discussing their work on improving care for Veterans with mental illness.
Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA's mental health research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.
Learn more about the projects being conducted within HSR&D's Rural Access to Mental Healthcare CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative.