Rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been increasing among recently returning Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veterans. Early detection and management are important for reducing chronic mental illness and disability. Because PTSD is often accompanied by chronic pain, clinic settings addressing pain complaints among veterans may provide opportunities for PTSD screening. This study evaluated the use of the PTSD Checklist to identify an optimal cutoff score for recently returning OIF/OEF veterans seeking care for neck or back pain. This study's findings show that future research and clinical practice are needed regarding PTSD screening among veterans.
Volume 48 Number 5, 2011
Pages 493 — 902
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