Accession Number : ADA519190


Title :   Evaluating PTSD on Reproductive Outcomes: Women Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 15 Sep 2008-14 Sep 2009


Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TAMPA


Personal Author(s) : O'Rourke, Kathleen


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a519190.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 24


Abstract : Women represent nearly 15% of the Armed Forces and almost 11% of those deploying to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. Military women who become pregnant may be exposed to factors that their civilian counterparts are less likely to experience, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The purpose of this study is to determine if PTSD and other mental disorders are significantly associated with maternal and newborn outcomes. The proposed study will utilize a secondary analysis of existing military records. In conjunction with our military partners, we have developed and submitted a protocol requesting de-identified data from military databases, and are awaiting receipt of the files. The study design is a retrospective cohort study: we will first define a cohort of women for whom a Tricare delivery hospitalization record can be found, and then link backward to obtain inpatient, outpatient, and screening records with PTSD (and related disorders) diagnosis codes. We will define women who were exposed (had a diagnosis of PTSD prior to pregnancy) and unexposed (did not have a diagnosis of PTSD), and compare the incidence of pregnancy outcomes for these 2 groups.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *PREGNANCY , *POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER , IRAQI WAR , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , WOMEN , OBSTETRICS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE