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Patient factors relating to detection of posttraumatic stress disorder in Department of Veterans Affairs primary care settings

Kathryn M. Magruder, MPH, PhD; Derik E. Yeager, MBS

Our results are applicable to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care patients who meet criteria for a  diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Approximately 50% of patients who meet PTSD criteria do not receive a diagnosis of PTSD from their VA provider. Providers should receive education about the full range of symptoms and traumatic exposures that constitute PTSD. Such education, as well as more rigorous screening, may alert clinicians to these overlooked patients.

Volume 45 Number 3, 2008
   Pages 371 — 382

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