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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