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The influence of physical and mental health symptoms on Veterans’ functional health status

Tong Sheng, PhD, et al.

We studied a sample of 120 Veterans, most having been deployed to combat. Many had some combination of traumatic brain injury, probable depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and problems in chronic multisymptom illness clusters. Depression and posttraumatic stress symptoms were strongly associated with impairments across all areas of daily functioning. In contrast, severity of traumatic brain injury and the number of chronic multisymptom illness clusters were only associated with limitations related to bodily pain and low energy. These findings suggest that mental health problems play a more pervasive role than physical/bodily medical problems in influencing daily functioning and quality of life.

Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 781 — 796

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sheng T, Fairchild JK, Kong JY, Kinoshita LM, Cheng JJ, Yesavage JA, Helmer DA, Reinhard MJ, Ashford JW, Adamson MM. The influence of physical and mental health symptoms on Veterans' functional health status. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):781–96.

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