Department of Veterans Affairs primary care
clinics routinely perform screening tests for posttraumatic
stress disorder (PTSD). It is important to
understand what happens after a Veteran screens positive
for PTSD in primary care. This study examined
how comorbid chronic pain could affect this process.
We examined 4,244 primary care patients with a positive
PTSD screen and compared outcomes based on
whether they also had a pain diagnosis. We found
that patients with coexisting pain had a slightly lower
rate of mental health visits than those without pain.
There were no differences in rates of PTSD diagnosis
or new antidepressant medication prescription.
Volume 53 Number 1, 2016
Pages 37 — 44
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