The Military Casualty with Combat Related Acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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In the next war in which the U.S. military is involved it is predicted that a large number 25 or greater of military casualties will have combat related Acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder APTSD. The purpose of this study was to describe the level of knowledge of United States Air Force USAF nurses in regards to combat related APTSD. Factors related to knowledge level were also explored. A researcher designed Combat Fatigue Questionnaire was mailed to 600 USAF nurses selected randomly. Three hundred sixty one USAF nurses, representing 8 of the entire population of USAF nurses, responded. Level of knowledge of combat related APTSD as assessed by the Combat Fatigue Questionnaire scores is found to be inadequate. The mean score was 61.9 out of a possible 100 and 251 respondents 69.5 scored below 70. Only 33 of the respondents had ever received formal education on combat related APTSD. Formal education on combat related APTSD, age and military rank were found to have a positive significant p. 0.001 relationship to level of knowledge scores. Thus, there is a need for increased eduction about combat related APTSD among USAF nurses.
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