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Does comorbid chronic pain affect posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis and treatment? Outcomes of posttraumatic stress disorder screening in Department of Veterans Affairs primary care

Samantha D. Outcalt, PhD, et al.

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0237

Volume 53 Number 1, 2016
   Pages 37 — 44


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Outcalt SD, Hoen HM, Yu Z, Franks TM, Krebs EE. Does comorbid chronic pain affect posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis and treatment? Outcomes of posttraumatic stress disorder screening in Department of Veterans Affairs primary care. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(1):37–44.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0237
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