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Combat blast injuries: Injury severity and posttraumatic stress disorder interaction on career outcomes in male servicemembers

Susan L. Eskridge, PT, PhD, et al.

Figure 1. Odds ratios of disability discharge due to injury severity (mild severity reference) by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis. Error bars represent 95 percent confidence intervals of odds ratio. Previously published in: Eskridge SL. Combatrelated blast injuries: Injury types and outcomes [dissertation]. [San Diego]: San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego; 2011

Blast injuries are now the most common wounds our warfighters face. This study describes career performance outcomes after combat blast injuries and examines the relationship between injury severity and the type of service discharge. Adverse career performance outcomes proportions were higher in servicemembers with a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis. Initial injury severity was associated with adverse career performance outcomes, which varied depending on PTSD diagnosis status. Findings from this study facilitate a better understanding of the role that injury severity and PTSD diagnosis have on functional outcomes in servicemembers injured by blasts.

Volume 50 Number 1, 2013
   Pages 7 — 16


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Eskridge SL, Macera CA, Galarneau MR, Holbrook TL, Woodruff SI, MacGregor AJ, Morton DJ, Shaffer RA. Combat blast injuries: Injury severity and posttraumatic
stress disorder interaction on career outcomes in male servicemembers. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(1):7–16.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.01.0004
ResearcherID: Susan L. Eskridge, PT, PhD: G-1665-2011
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