Spontaneous reports of emotional upset and health care utilization among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder after receiving a potentially upsetting survey

Krysten Halek, Maureen Murdoch, Larry Fortier

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Abstract

This study assessed the effects of a potentially distressing mailed survey on the emotional well-being and health care utilization (HCU) of 4,918 male and female veterans who applied for posttraumatic stress disorder disability benefits. Content analysis of spontaneous comments, in combination with analysis of subjects' HCU before and after receipt of the survey, suggested that spontaneously disclosed episodes of emotional upset were rare. In general, surveyed veterans' HCU decreased after receipt of the survey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-151
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

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