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Causes of death among male veterans who received residential treatment for PTSD.
J Trauma Stress. 2003 Dec; 16(6):535-43.JT

Abstract

Previous studies have shown elevated mortality among psychiatric and substance abusing patients, including veterans with PTSD. Although early studies showed elevated deaths from external causes among Vietnam veterans in the early postwar years, more recent studies have also shown increased health problems among veterans with PTSD. This study compared mortality due to behavioral causes versus other diseases among 1,866 male veterans treated for PTSD. Death certificates obtained for 110 veterans indicated behavioral causes accounted for 62.4% of deaths, standardized mortality ratio = 3.4-5.5, including accidents (29.4%), chronic substance abuse (14.7%), and intentional death by suicide, homicide, or police (13.8%). Results suggest possible opportunities to improve outcomes of this at-risk patient population through harm reduction interventions and improved continuity of care.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Clinical Laboratory and Education Division, National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. kent.drescher@med.va.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

14690350

Citation

Drescher, Kent D., et al. "Causes of Death Among Male Veterans Who Received Residential Treatment for PTSD." Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 16, no. 6, 2003, pp. 535-43.
Drescher KD, Rosen CS, Burling TA, et al. Causes of death among male veterans who received residential treatment for PTSD. J Trauma Stress. 2003;16(6):535-43.
Drescher, K. D., Rosen, C. S., Burling, T. A., & Foy, D. W. (2003). Causes of death among male veterans who received residential treatment for PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 16(6), 535-43.
Drescher KD, et al. Causes of Death Among Male Veterans Who Received Residential Treatment for PTSD. J Trauma Stress. 2003;16(6):535-43. PubMed PMID: 14690350.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Causes of death among male veterans who received residential treatment for PTSD. AU - Drescher,Kent D, AU - Rosen,Craig S, AU - Burling,Thomas A, AU - Foy,David W, PY - 2003/12/24/pubmed PY - 2004/4/9/medline PY - 2003/12/24/entrez SP - 535 EP - 43 JF - Journal of traumatic stress JO - J Trauma Stress VL - 16 IS - 6 N2 - Previous studies have shown elevated mortality among psychiatric and substance abusing patients, including veterans with PTSD. Although early studies showed elevated deaths from external causes among Vietnam veterans in the early postwar years, more recent studies have also shown increased health problems among veterans with PTSD. This study compared mortality due to behavioral causes versus other diseases among 1,866 male veterans treated for PTSD. Death certificates obtained for 110 veterans indicated behavioral causes accounted for 62.4% of deaths, standardized mortality ratio = 3.4-5.5, including accidents (29.4%), chronic substance abuse (14.7%), and intentional death by suicide, homicide, or police (13.8%). Results suggest possible opportunities to improve outcomes of this at-risk patient population through harm reduction interventions and improved continuity of care. SN - 0894-9867 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/14690350/Causes_of_death_among_male_veterans_who_received_residential_treatment_for_PTSD_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1023/B:JOTS.0000004076.62793.79 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -