Service Utilization Among Compensation-Seeking Veterans

Service Utilization Among Compensation-Seeking Veterans To examine the relationship between compensation-seeking status, symptom reporting, and health care utilization among combat veterans presenting for a Posttraumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) evaluation. Archival data for 68 veterans was drawn from electronic medical records for which compensation-seeking status was available. Consistent with previous findings, self-reports of distress and validity scale indices on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) were higher among compensation-seeking (CS) veterans than noncompensation-seeking (NCS) veterans despite a lack of difference in actual PTSD diagnoses. However, no significant differences emerged between these two groups on healthcare utilization indices. Although exploratory analyses did not yield significant group differences on various healthcare indices, there was a trend for CS veterans to use PTSD services more, suggesting the need to further explore utilization patterns among these groups. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Service Utilization Among Compensation-Seeking Veterans

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:PSAQ.0000043509.18637.3b
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Abstract

To examine the relationship between compensation-seeking status, symptom reporting, and health care utilization among combat veterans presenting for a Posttraumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) evaluation. Archival data for 68 veterans was drawn from electronic medical records for which compensation-seeking status was available. Consistent with previous findings, self-reports of distress and validity scale indices on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) were higher among compensation-seeking (CS) veterans than noncompensation-seeking (NCS) veterans despite a lack of difference in actual PTSD diagnoses. However, no significant differences emerged between these two groups on healthcare utilization indices. Although exploratory analyses did not yield significant group differences on various healthcare indices, there was a trend for CS veterans to use PTSD services more, suggesting the need to further explore utilization patterns among these groups.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 23, 2004

References

  • Some preliminary data on the psychosocial characteristics of Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorders
    Fairbank, JA; Keane, T. M.; alloy, PF
  • Implosive (flooding) therapy reduces symptoms of PTSD inVietnam combat veterans
    Keane, TM; Fairbank, JA; Caddell, JM

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