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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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, 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
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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:18
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 06:31
DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.113.046474


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