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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression Among U.S. Military Health Care Professionals Deployed in Support of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Traumatic Stress, November 2012
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Title
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression Among U.S. Military Health Care Professionals Deployed in Support of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
Published in
Journal of Traumatic Stress, November 2012
DOI 10.1002/jts.21753
Pubmed ID
Authors

Isabel G. Jacobson, Jaime L. Horton, Cynthia A. LeardMann, Margaret A.K. Ryan, Edward J. Boyko, Timothy S. Wells, Besa Smith, Tyler C. Smith

Abstract

Limited prospective studies exist that evaluate the mental health status of military health care professionals who have deployed. This study used prospective data from the Millennium Cohort Study with longitudinal analysis techniques to examine whether health care professionals deployed in support of the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were more likely to screen positive for new-onset posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression after deployment than individuals from other occupations. Of 65,108 subjects included, 9,371 (14.4%) reported working as health care professionals. The rates of new positive screens for PTSD or depression were similar for those in health care occupations (4.7% and 4.3%) compared with those in other occupations (4.6% and 3.9%) for the first and second follow-up, respectively. Among military personnel deployed with combat experience, health care professionals did not have increased odds for new-onset PTSD or depression over time. Among deployed health care professionals, combat experience significantly increased the odds: adjusted odds ratio = 2.01; 95% confidence interval [1.06, 3.83] for new-onset PTSD or depression. These results suggest that combat experience, not features specific to being a health care professional, was the key exposure explaining the development of these outcomes.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Iran, Islamic Republic of 1 2%
Spain 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 38 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 7 17%
Student > Master 5 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 12%
Professor > Associate Professor 5 12%
Researcher 4 10%
Other 7 17%
Unknown 8 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 11 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 24%
Neuroscience 2 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 5%
Decision Sciences 1 2%
Other 4 10%
Unknown 11 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 10. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2014.
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#2,161,264
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Traumatic Stress
#2
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