Underdiagnosis of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders in Hospitalized Female Veterans

Citation:

Grossman, Linda S., Janet K. Willer, Jeffrey G. Stovall, Sandra G. McRae, Sarz Maxwell, and Rebecca Nelson. 1997. "Underdiagnosis of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders in Hospitalized Female Veterans." Psychiatric Services 48 (3): 393-95.

Authors: Linda S. Grossman, Janet K. Willer, Jeffrey G. Stovall, Sandra G. McRae, Sarz Maxwell, Rebecca Nelson

Abstract:

Discharge diagnoses of 31 female veterans and 31 male veterans hospitalized at a large urban VA medical center were examined to elucidate possible biases in clinicians' diagnostic practices. Only one woman in the sample was diagnosed as having posttraumatic stress disorder, compared with seven men. All men given this diagnosis were combat veterans. Although about half of each group had a drug-positive urine screen on admission, only 11 women received a diagnosis of a substance use disorder, compared with 24 men. VA clinicians may need further training and experience assessing the presentation of PTSD and substance use disorders in women.

Topics: Combatants, Female Combatants, Male Combatants, Gender, Health, Mental Health, PTSD, Trauma, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1997

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