Post-deployment injury among new combat veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare

Kathleen Carlson, Amy Gravely, Siamak Noorbaloochi, Alisha Baines Simon, Ann K. Bangerter, Nina A. Sayer

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The purpose of this study was to examine prevalence and potential risk factors for post-deployment injury among Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare. A national, stratified sample of Iraq/Afghanistan combat Veteran VA users was surveyed in 2008. Mental and physical health, including medically-treated injuries sustained since deployment, were self-reported. Injury risk was estimated using survey logistic regression. Stratified ORs and 95% CIs were adjusted for potential confounders and non-response bias and weighted to represent the target population. Nearly half the population reported post-deployment injuries. In multivariate models, veterans with probable post- traumatic stress disorder (OR=2.1; 95% CI 1.3 to 3.5), self-reported diagnosed depression (OR=3.6; 95% CI 1.8 to 7.0) and anger problems (OR=2.4; 95% CI 1.4 to 4.2) had greater odds of post-deployment injury. Deployment-related injuries were also strongly associated with odds of post-deployment injury. Results suggest that mental health disorders increase the odds of post-deployment injury among combat veteran VA users. Longitudinal research examining these associations is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-347
Number of pages5
JournalInjury Prevention
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Veterans
Delivery of Health Care
Wounds and Injuries
Afghanistan
Iraq
Mental Health
Health Services Needs and Demand
Anger
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Mental Disorders
Logistic Models
Depression
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Carlson, K., Gravely, A., Noorbaloochi, S., Simon, A. B., Bangerter, A. K., & Sayer, N. A. (2011). Post-deployment injury among new combat veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare. Injury Prevention, 17(5), 343-347. https://doi.org/10.1136/ip.2010.030213

Post-deployment injury among new combat veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare. / Carlson, Kathleen; Gravely, Amy; Noorbaloochi, Siamak; Simon, Alisha Baines; Bangerter, Ann K.; Sayer, Nina A.

In: Injury Prevention, Vol. 17, No. 5, 10.2011, p. 343-347.

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Carlson, K, Gravely, A, Noorbaloochi, S, Simon, AB, Bangerter, AK & Sayer, NA 2011, 'Post-deployment injury among new combat veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare', Injury Prevention, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 343-347. https://doi.org/10.1136/ip.2010.030213
Carlson, Kathleen ; Gravely, Amy ; Noorbaloochi, Siamak ; Simon, Alisha Baines ; Bangerter, Ann K. ; Sayer, Nina A. / Post-deployment injury among new combat veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare. In: Injury Prevention. 2011 ; Vol. 17, No. 5. pp. 343-347.
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