Combat stress casualties in Iraq. Part 1: Behavioral health consultation at an expeditionary medical group

Alan L. Peterson, Monty T. Baker, Kelly R. McCarthy

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Abstract

PURPOSE. We review the role of military mental health professionals in consulting with inpatient medical patients and staff at a combat hospital and aeromedical evacuation staging facility in Iraq. CONCLUSIONS. Behavioral health consultation with medical and surgical patients during hospitalization and prior to aeromedical evacuation can help identify patients with combat stress exposure that may require future mental health follow-up. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Extensive use of civilian mental health practitioners including nurse psychotherapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners will be needed to provide psychiatric care for the large number of U.S. veterans who return from deployment with combat stress related disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-158
Number of pages13
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

Keywords

  • Aeromedical evacuation
  • Behavioral health consultation
  • Combat stress
  • Organizational health consultation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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