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Formation of the U.S. Air Force Aviator Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Study Group

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Technical Report,01 May 2013,31 Jul 2016

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USAFSAM/FE Wright-Patterson AFB United States

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The first aviator mental health study groups post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD and antidepressants were approved by the Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the Surgeon General in May 2013. Prior to 2013, few aviators were diagnosed with PTSD, and those who were rarely received a waiver to continue their flying duties. As rates of PTSD among aviators continued to climb, the U.S. Air Force sensed a need to investigate the aeromedical implications of having aviators treated for PTSD on flying status. The intent of the PTSD Study Group is to provide actionable data to Air Force leadership, flight surgeons, operational commanders, and mental and medical providers involved in the treatment of aviators with PTSD. The current work provides a summary of the aeromedical concerns regarding PTSD and delineates the goals and methods of the study group. Additionally, preliminary selective demographic and psychometric findings are presented.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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