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Prevalence of chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and persistent postconcussive symptoms in OIF/OEF veterans: Polytrauma clinical triad

Henry L. Lew, MD, PhD, et al.

Pain, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS) are problems often experienced by returnees of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. To determine how often soldiers were reporting these conditions, we collected information from 340 returning veterans at a Polytrauma Network Site. Our results indicated that these three problems (pain, PTSD, and PPCS) are highly prevalent. Moreover, these three conditions most often occur in combination with one another (42.1%), rather than in isolation. Our results suggest that healthcare providers across different disciplines need to work together and be aware of the ways that these conditions can interact.

Volume 46 Number 6, 2009
   Pages 697 — 702


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