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Survey of Individuals Previously Deployed for OEF/OIF

 

Data Sharing Statement 

What's available?

Pending

Available Documentation 

Pending

Dates Data are Available

Pending

Access Criteria 

Pending

Study Characteristics

Objectives

  • To provide data on the natural history and outcomes associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Veterans who have utilized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system
  • To determine predictors of a PTSD diagnosis by comparing diagnosed cases to combat-exposed Veterans without a diagnosis of PTSD

Era of Service

Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)

Population

Individuals previously deployed for OEF / OIF who were reachable by a landline phone number in the US during the study period

Study Design

Population-based survey

Time Period

2007 - 2008

Setting

National

N

1,965

Response Rate

44%

Recruitment Method

  • Random Digit Dialing to identify eligible individuals within 24 geographic areas targeting domestic military bases with the largest overall number of deployed personnel
  • 27 volunteers from the Military Officers’ Association of America and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Compensation

None

Data Collected

  • Sociodemographics: branch of service, current duty status, military rank, age, gender, marital status, race/ethnicity, nature/number/recency of deployments
  • Combat Trauma Exposures
  • Probable PTSD:  Post traumatic Symptom Checklist-Military Version (PCL-M), Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), Counted symptoms as present if respondents reported having been moderately (3 on a 5-point scale) bothered by the symptom
  • Probable Major Depression:  Patient Health Questionnaire-8 (PHQ-8)
  • Probable TBI:  The Brief Traumatic Brain Injury Screen (BTBIS), defined as any injury during deployment that resulted in a change in consciousness right after the injury, does not assess ongoing functional/cognitive impairment
  • Barriers to Care:  Logistical, institutional and cultural, and beliefs and preference for treatment
  • Past-Year Service Utilization and Adequacy

Data Collection Methods

Computer-assisted telephone interviews

Funding Source

Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF) of the California Community Foundation (CCF)

Contact

Pending

Selected Publication

Tanielian, T, Jaycox LH, et al. Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery1. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2008.

More Information

Study website1






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