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dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Alan
dc.contributor.authorRandles, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-22T10:17:35Z
dc.date.available2022-02-22T10:17:35Z
dc.date.issued2022-01-18
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/626707/Manuscript%20Repository%20MH%20Disorders.pdf?sequence=4
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/626707/bmjmilitary-2021-002045.full.pdf?sequence=1
dc.identifier.citationFinnegan, A, & Randles R. (2022). Prevalence of common mental health disorders in military veterans: Using primary healthcare data. BMJ Military Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-002045en_US
dc.identifier.issn2633-3767
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-002045
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/626707
dc.descriptionThis article has been accepted for publication in [BMJ Military Health, 2022] following peer review, and the Version of Record can be accessed online at [http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-002045]. © Authors (or their employer(s).en_US
dc.description.abstractIntroduction Serving military personnel and military veterans have been identified as having a high prevalence of mental disorders. Since 1985, UK patients’ primary healthcare (PHC) medical records contain Read Codes (now being replaced by Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) codes) that mark characteristics such as diagnosis, ethnicity and therapeutic interventions. This English study accesses a cohort profile of British Armed Forces veterans to examine the diagnosed common mental disorders by using PHC records. Methods This analysis has been drawn from initiatives with PHC practices in the Northwest of England to increase veteran registration in general practice. Demographic data were collected including gender, age and marital status. Data were also collected on common mental health disorders associated with the Armed Forces. Result 2449 veteran PHC records were analysed. 38% (N=938) of veterans in this cohort had a code on their medical record for common mental health disorders. The highest disorder prevalence was depression (17.8%, N=437), followed by alcohol misuse (17.3%, N=423) and anxiety (15.0%, N=367). Lower disorder prevalence was seen across post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (3.4%, N=83), dementia (1.8%, N=45) and substance misuse (0.8%, N=19). Female veterans had a higher prevalence of mental disorders than their male counterparts, while men a higher prevalence of PTSD; however, the gender difference in the latter was not significant (p>0.05). Conclusion The SNOMED searches do not detail why certain groups had higher recordings of certain disorders. A future study that accesses the PHC written medical notes would prove enlightening to specifically identify what situational factors are having the most impact on the veteran population. The results from a sizeable English veteran population provide information that should be considered in developing veteran-specific clinical provision, educational syllabus and policy.en_US
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Groupen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://militaryhealth.bmj.com/content/early/2022/01/17/bmjmilitary-2021-002045en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectveteranen_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectprimary healthcareen_US
dc.titlePrevalence of common mental health disorders in military veterans: using primary healthcare dataen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn2633-3775en_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalBMJ Military Healthen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderFiMT and NHSEen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUoC HSC19-08en_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUoC HSC16/11en_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-002045en_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-12-11
rioxxterms.publicationdate2022-01-18
dc.date.deposited2022-02-22en_US
dc.indentifier.issn2633-3767en_US


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