Evaluating PTSD on Reproductive Outcomes: Women Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan
Annual rept. 15 Sep 2008-14 Sep 2009
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TAMPA
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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.
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