Project Title

Relationship of Military Service Branch to Rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorder Among Appalachian Veterans

Authors' Affiliations

Elizabeth Hale1, David Bumgarner2, and Myra Elder2 1Psychology Department, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614 2Mental Health Department, Psychology Service, James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Location

Ballroom

Start Date

4-5-2018 8:00 AM

End Date

4-5-2018 12:00 PM

Poster Number

35

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Myra Elder

Faculty Sponsor's Department

Mental Health Department, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Type

Poster: Non-Competitive

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Project's Category

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract Text

This is a retrospective, population-based cohort study (extracted with VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure; VINCI) of adult patients (age > 18) in the United States Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA) who have received care in at least one of seven Central Appalachian VA healthcare systems between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2017. The study is designed to assess the potential significant correlation between pertinent demographic variables (i.e., age, race, ethnicity, sex, service connection, rurality, era of service, and combat vet status) and diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Using statistical methods, these demographic variables will be held constant to examine the variance explained by military branch of service (i.e., Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, National Guard) on diagnoses of PTSD and/or SUD. Veterans will be included in the data pull if they have been seen in at least one of the seven Central Appalachian VA healthcare systems and been diagnosed with PTSD and/or SUD through an inpatient or outpatient mental health clinic (verified by clinic stop code). The primary analysis will assess correlation (Pearson's r) between demographic variables and PTSD and/or SUD diagnoses; and using a general linear model (one-way ANOVA) to examine the impact of branch of military service on diagnoses of PTSD and/or SUD after controlling for other pertinent demographic variables.

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Relationship of Military Service Branch to Rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorder Among Appalachian Veterans

Ballroom

This is a retrospective, population-based cohort study (extracted with VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure; VINCI) of adult patients (age > 18) in the United States Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA) who have received care in at least one of seven Central Appalachian VA healthcare systems between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2017. The study is designed to assess the potential significant correlation between pertinent demographic variables (i.e., age, race, ethnicity, sex, service connection, rurality, era of service, and combat vet status) and diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Using statistical methods, these demographic variables will be held constant to examine the variance explained by military branch of service (i.e., Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, National Guard) on diagnoses of PTSD and/or SUD. Veterans will be included in the data pull if they have been seen in at least one of the seven Central Appalachian VA healthcare systems and been diagnosed with PTSD and/or SUD through an inpatient or outpatient mental health clinic (verified by clinic stop code). The primary analysis will assess correlation (Pearson's r) between demographic variables and PTSD and/or SUD diagnoses; and using a general linear model (one-way ANOVA) to examine the impact of branch of military service on diagnoses of PTSD and/or SUD after controlling for other pertinent demographic variables.