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Post-Deployment Health

When active-duty members of the US military are dispatched from a home base to a conflict zone, it is known as a deployment. Upon return from deployment, they are considered post-deployment. For many Veterans, post-deployment often coincides with the transition from active-duty service status to Veteran status. For VA, studying post-deployment is critical, as it helps provide a better understanding of the physical and mental health concerns that arise from Veterans’ experiences during deployment. These health concerns include: post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, community reintegration, and Gulf War Illness, among others.

VA health services research addresses many aspects of post-deployment health, including access to services, use or non-use of VA care, mental health support, and care in the community.

Each section below is populated by a search of the HSR website. Search results are generated based on the search term "Post-Deployment Health". Results are updated as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 9 POST-DEPLOYMENT HEALTH focused publications)

  • McGlynn G, Hecht MI, Holden JP. Short Video-05: HSR&D Portfolio: Quality Measurement Development; Post-Deployment Health; and Activity, Mobility, and Function. 2012 Jul 1; 2(10).
  • 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.
  • Sayer NA. The Challenges of Co-Occurrence of Post-Deployment Health Problems. FORUM: Translating research into quality health care for veterans. 2011 May 4; 5(4): 2011.
  • Sadler AG. Women and Post-Deployment Health. HSR&D FORUM: Translating Research into Quality Health Care for Veterans. 2011 May 1; 6.
  • Helmer DA. Challenges in communicating with patients about symptoms in post-deployment healthcare. Poster session presented at: VA WRIISC Day of Learning Meeting; 2010 Nov 17; East Orange, NJ.

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(5 of more than 3 POST-DEPLOYMENT HEALTH focused publication briefs)

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( 5 of more than 1 POST-DEPLOYMENT HEALTH focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
RRP 09-394 Applying Rapid Assessment Process to health outreach to OIF/OEF veterans Link, Patrick 2010-02-15

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The most recent "Post-Deployment Health" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
10/29/2020 Overview of the Millenium Cohort Study (MILCO): Opportunities for VA Investigators Rull, Rudolph  
Boyko, Edward  
Schneiderman, Aaron  
11/13/2018 Veteran Centered Care for Chronic Multisymptom Illness McAndrew, Lisa  
Helmer, Drew  
12/11/2017 Whole Health from the Perspective of VA Caregivers: Findings from a Photovoice Study Urbina, Sharon  
Meyer, David  

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