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A pilot survey of post-deployment health care needs in small community-based primary care clinics.

Noël PH, Zeber JE, Pugh MJ, Finley EP, Parchman ML. A pilot survey of post-deployment health care needs in small community-based primary care clinics. BMC family practice. 2011 Jul 29; 12:79.

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Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Relatively little is known regarding to what extent community-based primary care physicians are encountering post-deployment health care needs among veterans of the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts and their family members. METHODS: This pilot study conducted a cross-sectional survey of 37 primary care physicians working at small urban and suburban clinics belonging to a practice-based research network in the south central region of Texas. RESULTS: Approximately 80% of the responding physicians reported caring for patients who have been deployed to the Afghanistan or Iraq war zones, or had a family member deployed. Although these physicians noted a variety of conditions related to physical trauma, mental illnesses and psychosocial disruptions such as marital, family, financial, and legal problems appeared to be even more prevalent among their previously deployed patients and were also noted among family members of deployed veterans. CONCLUSIONS: Community-based primary care physicians should be aware of common post-deployment health conditions and the resources that are available to meet these needs.





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