A survey of perceived barriers and attitudes toward mental health care among OEF/OIF veterans at va outpatient mental health clinics

Hector A. Garcia, Erin Finley Garcia, Norma Ketchum, Matthew Jakupcak, Albana M Dassori, Stephanie C. Reyes

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Objective: In an effort to improve our understanding of perceived treatment barriers among veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) relative to other era veterans, the current study examined veteran attitudes and beliefs about mental health treatment and treatment-seeking, and perceived patient and institution-level logistical barriers to care. Method: A survey was conducted among 434 Combat veterans seeking care in nine Veterans Affairs mental health care outpatient clinics. Results: When compared to Vietnam and Gulf War veterans, OEF/OIF veterans were significantly more likely to endorse negative treatment attitudes as possible barriers to care. OEF/OIF veterans were also more likely than Vietnam veterans to endorse conflicting work demands as a potential barrier, although this was the only logistical barrier for which OEF/OIF veterans’ responses differed significantly from those of veterans of other eras. Among OEF/OIF veterans, older veterans were more likely than younger veterans to endorse barriers related to cost and time commitments. Conclusions: These findings suggest an important role for outreach and engagement strategies that address attitudinal barriers to treatment utilization among veteran populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume179
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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A survey of perceived barriers and attitudes toward mental health care among OEF/OIF veterans at va outpatient mental health clinics. / Garcia, Hector A.; Finley Garcia, Erin; Ketchum, Norma; Jakupcak, Matthew; Dassori, Albana M; Reyes, Stephanie C.

In: Military Medicine, Vol. 179, No. 3, 2015, p. 273-278.

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Garcia, Hector A. ; Finley Garcia, Erin ; Ketchum, Norma ; Jakupcak, Matthew ; Dassori, Albana M ; Reyes, Stephanie C. / A survey of perceived barriers and attitudes toward mental health care among OEF/OIF veterans at va outpatient mental health clinics. In: Military Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 179, No. 3. pp. 273-278.
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