Veterans with history of mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder: challenges from provider perspective.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Veterans (Health aspects)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (Care and treatment)
Medical personnel (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Brain (Injuries)
Brain (Care and treatment)
Pub Date: 11/01/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Nov, 2009 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 6
Product: Product Code: E198380 Veterans; 8010000 Medical Personnel NAICS Code: 62 Health Care and Social Assistance
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 218658448
Full Text: Nina A. Sayer, PhD, et al.

Veterans are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with both traumatic brain injury, which is most often mild (mTBI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We interviewed 40 Department of Veterans Affairs providers across the United States who treat these veterans to learn about the challenges they face and to identify opportunities for quality improvement. Findings point to the need for guidance on best practices for assessment and treatment of patients with both mTBI and PTSD, improved systems to coordinate or integrate services, improved patient and provider education, and research to build the evidence base for practice. Providers also believed that patients who have a history of mTBI and current PTSD often have other problems that require specialized treatment, including pain and sleep disturbance.
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