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Mental Health: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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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(5 of more than 1128 PTSD focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 178 PTSD focused publication briefs)

  • Proactive Outreach Helps Veterans with PTSD Overcome Barriers to Getting Treatment to Help Quit Smoking
    Investigators identified participants with and without PTSD and evaluated a proactive outreach intervention for increasing treatment utilization and smoking abstinence among these Veterans. Findings showed that compared to usual care, proactive outreach increased combined counseling and nicotine replacement therapy use among Veterans with PTSD (19% vs 1%) and without PTSD (15% vs 2%). For the prim...
    Date: July 2, 2020
  • Both PTSD Symptoms and Moral Injury are Associated with Adverse Perinatal Outcomes among Women Veterans
    This longitudinal study is the first to examine the impact of PTSD symptoms and moral injury on adverse perinatal outcomes among women who became pregnant in the first three years after separating from military service. Findings showed that after adjusting for age, racial/ethnic minority status, socioeconomic status, and lifetime trauma, both PTSD symptoms and moral injury were associated with adv...
    Date: June 1, 2020
  • Positive IPV Screen Significantly Associated with Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use among Women Veterans Over 45
    This study examined the proportion of women older than childbearing age who screen positive when routinely screened for past-year intimate partner violence (IPV) at VA clinics, as well as associations of a positive screen with health conditions and use of healthcare services. Findings showed that of the study cohort, 255 middle-aged (45-59 years; 9%) and 79 older (60 years and older, 5%) women scr...
    Date: April 21, 2020
  • Rates of Mental Health Diagnoses are Higher among Veterans with Obesity
    The objective of this study was to examine rates of mental health diagnoses among a national cohort of women and men VA primary care patients with and without obesity. Findings showed that rates of any mental health diagnosis were higher among women than men and people with versus without obesity. Depression and PTSD diagnosis rates were higher for women and men with versus without obesity. For e...
    Date: January 30, 2020
  • VA Healthcare Benefits May Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Seeking Mental Health Treatment among Veterans
    This study assessed whether racial/ethnic disparities in mental health treatment seeking for psychiatric conditions common in the Veteran population (PTSD, major depressive disorder, alcohol-use disorder or AUD) were attenuated for military Veterans compared to civilians, and whether attenuation was more pronounced among Veterans who had VA healthcare coverage in the past 12 months. Findings showe...
    Date: January 27, 2020

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( 5 of more than 282 PTSD focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 18-230 MOVE!+UP: Testing a Tailored Weight Management Program for Veterans with PTSD Hoerster , Katherine 2020-10-01
CDA 18-186 Patient Readiness for Improvement through Motivation, Engagement, and Decision-making for PTSD (PRIMED-PTSD) Chen, Jessica 2020-09-01
IIR 19-031 A Randomized Controlled Trial of Coaching into Care with VA-CRAFT to Promote Veteran Engagement in PTSD Care Kuhn, Eric 2020-09-01
SDR 20-031 Reaping the Wisdom of Positive Deviants to Increase the Reach of Family Involvement in PTSD Treatment Thompson-Hollands, Johanna 2020-09-01
C19 20-396 Changes in the Delivery of Evidenced Based Psychotherapies for Depression and PTSD as the Result of COVID-19 Pandemic Mendez, Diana 2020-07-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "PTSD" publications displayed.

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ...mental health care, many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....» Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research &...Big Ideas, Big Research... Commentary PTSD Treatment and Suicide Prevention: Clinical

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ...mental health care, many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....» Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research &...Back to Table of Contents Gender and PTSD Rachel Kimerling, Ph.D. and Jessica

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ...mental health care, many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....» Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research &...May 2012 » Back to Table of Contents PTSD Treatment and Suicide Prevention: VA

  • Primary Care-Based PTSD Intervention || In Progress

    ...disorder (i.e., major depressive disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder), and 11% within that...illness. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD among adults living in the U.S. is 10%...Inprogress » Nov17 » Primary Care-Based PTSD Intervention Health Services Research...Care-Based PTSD Intervention Feature Article Veterans with PTSD are offered

  • FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide

    ...mental health care, many focused on PTSD care and on suicide prevention....» Forum » May12 » FORUM, May 2012: PTSD, suicide Health Services Research &...Compensation and Pension Examination for PTSD Ted Speroff, Ph.D., VA Tennessee Valley

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Topic Spotlight

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The most recent "PTSD" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
10/20/2020 Understanding the Neurobiology of Deployment-Related Traumatic Co-morbidities with Diffusion MRI Milberg, William  
Sydnor, Valerie  
9/15/2020 Sequelae of Deployment TBI in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Martindale, Sarah  
Rowland, Jared  
7/14/2020 Coping with COVID 19: Virtual Resources for Patients and Providers Becket-Davenport, Colleen  
Juhasz, Katherine  
Weitlauf, Julie  
6/10/2020 Access Expansions through Virtual Modalities: Research-Based Insights for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond Jones, Audrey  
Possemato, Kyle  
Kuhn, Eric  
Zulman, Donna  
Slightam, Cindie  
4/21/2020 Playing Cards and Graphic Medicine: Connecting Veterans to Housing and Mental Health Services through Innovative, Veteran-Facing Products Juhasz, Katherine  
Bond, Allison  
Williams, Elizabeth  
Facundo, Ray  
True, Gala  

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Other Resources

  • Learn more about the studies being conducted within HSR&D's PTSD CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative.
  • Learn more about the VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative PTSD Veterans Choice Act Evaluation project.
  • Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA's PTSD research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.

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