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September 18, 2009

Rate of PTSD Among Iraq Veterans may hit 35%

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 10:45 pm

Full Article: Iraq Troops’ PTSD Rate As High As 35 Percent, Analysis Finds

ScienceDaily (Sep. 15, 2009) —

“The Veterans’ Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers anticipating that the rate among armed forces will be as high as 35%, according to the article “A Dynamic Model for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among U.S. Troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom” is by Michael P. Atkinson of the Naval Postgraduate School and Adam Guetz and Lawrence M. Wein of Stanford University.

“The authors combine a dynamic mathematical operations research model with deployment data and PTSD data from the Iraq War, and estimate that the PTSD rate among Iraq War veterans will be approximately 35%, which is roughly double the rate from the raw survey data. This doubling is due to the time lag between the PTSD-generating event and the onset of symptoms and to the fact that many surveyed troops will do subsequent deployments.

Consequently, the authors write, the VA system, which is already experiencing significant delays for PTSD treatment provision, urgently needs to ramp up its mental health resource capacity.”

The current issue of Management Insights is available at http://mansci.journal.informs.org/cgi/reprint/55/9/iv.

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