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Association between mild traumatic brain injury and mental health problems and self-reported cognitive dysfunction in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Karen H. Seal, MD, MPH, et al.

Cognitive difficulties such as problems with memory are common in returning Veterans. This study examines the process by which combat Veterans are assessed for cognitive problems in the Department of Veterans Affairs traumatic brain injury (TBI) screening program. We found that many Veterans are not asked about cognitive difficulties during initial screening, and of those that later report significant cognitive difficulties during a TBI specialty evaluation, the majority are found to have mental health problems rather than TBI. Targeted care for Veterans might be expedited by screening for cognitive problems in primary care in conjunction with postdeployment mental health screening.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.12.0301

Volume 53 Number 2, 2016
   Pages 185 — 198


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Seal KH, Bertenthal D, Samuelson K, Maguen S, Kumar S, Vasterling JJ. Association between mild traumatic brain injury and mental health problems and self-reported cognitive function in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(2):185–98.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.12.0301
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