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Comparing the Stability of Diagnosis in Full vs. Partial Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
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PMID:  22652617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
ABSTRACT: We studied differences in diagnostic stability between patients with full and patients with partial posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We collected self-reported symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and functioning at a Veterans Affairs mental health clinic (n = 1962). We classified patients as meeting full or partial PTSD based upon their initial assessment. We performed Kaplan-Meier survival analysis to compare stability of diagnosis over time and Cox proportional hazards models to understand how comorbid symptoms and level of functioning confounded the relationship. We performed a chart review to examine differences in treatment received by the two groups. Patients in the partial PTSD group lost their diagnosis significantly faster and at significantly higher rates than did patients with full PTSD. Comorbid symptoms contributed significantly to this difference. Mental health treatments delivered to the two groups were similar. These diagnoses appear to be different, suggesting that people with partial PTSD may benefit from a different clinical approach.
Brian Shiner; Daniel Bateman; Yinong Young-Xu; Maha Zayed; A Lisa Harmon; Andrew Pomerantz; Bradley V Watts
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  200     ISSN:  1539-736X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  520-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
*VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT; †Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH; and ‡VA National Center for Patient Safety, White River Junction, VT.
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