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Iraq/Afghanistan-era Veterans with back pain: Characteristics and predictors of compensation and pension award

Carine J. Sakr, MD, MPH, et al.

Back conditions are common among younger Veterans, and many receive disability compensation for them. In this study, we reviewed the medical records of Veterans applying for compensation for back conditions at the Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System. Approximately 74 percent of Veterans were awarded compensation, and 62 percent had backs that did not function properly. Receiving service connection was associated with having an impaired back and not with depression or substance use or whether the Veteran worked for pay. These Veterans had considerable pain and other conditions that might benefit from treatment, and the service-connection evaluation may be an opportunity to engage these Veterans in needed services.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.08.0151

Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 659 — 668


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Sakr CJ, Black AC, Slade MD, Calfo J, Rosen MI. Iraq/Afghanistan-era Veterans with back pain: Characteristics and predictors of compensation and pension award. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):659–68.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.08.0151
ORCID: Anne C. Black, PhD: 0000-0003-0295-7351; Justin Calfo, BA: 0000-0003-2007-7251
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