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Supporting Readiness: Ensuring Excellent PTSD and Depression Care for Service Members

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Technical Report

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RAND National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States

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Service members with PTSD or depression receive an abundance of medical care. The median number of outpatient visits for any reason is 41 per year for PTSD patients, and 30 visits per year for depression patients. Service members with PTSD or depression are seen by many different providers the median number ofunique providers during the study year was 14 for patients with PTSD, and 12 for those with depression. These service members frequently had other sychological health concerns, such as sleep and anxiety disorders. Five out of six service members received at least one psychotropic medication, and 45 percent of patients with PTSD and 31 percent of patients with depression received four or more medications. Excellent care is appropriate, timely, and coordinated. Given this combinationof care utilization, number of different providers, and co-occurring diagnoses, ensuring coordination of care for these service members is extremely important.

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