Demographic and clinical characteristics of UK military veterans attending a psychological therapies service

Giebel, Clarissa, Clarkson, Paul and Challis, David (2014) Demographic and clinical characteristics of UK military veterans attending a psychological therapies service. The Psychiatrist, 38 (6). pp. 270-275. ISSN 1758-3209

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Abstract

Aims and method: To investigate the demographic and clinical characteristics of subgroups of UK veterans attending a dedicated psychological therapies service following the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) treatment model. Veterans accessing a newly established service in the north-west were categorised into three groups: early service leavers, those with a physical disability, and substance and/or alcohol misusers. Anxiety, depression and social functioning were measured pre- and post-treatment. Results: Veterans vary in their demographic and clinical characteristics as well as in treatment efficacy, as measured by the post-treatment scores on probable depression and anxiety. Therapy appears to be most effective in early service leavers, whereas veterans with a physical disability or a substance or alcohol misuse problem tend not to do as well in terms of symptoms of depression or anxiety. Clinical implications: This study highlights the importance of targeting different veteran subgroups for dedicated psychological therapy.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:18
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 22:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59983
DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.113.046474

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