Postdeployment health care for returning OEF/OIF Military personnel and their social networks

A qualitative approach

Erin Finley Garcia, John E. Zeber, Mary Jo V Pugh, Gabriela Cantu, Laurel A. Copeland, Michael L. Parchman, Polly H Noel

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Abstract

Little is known regarding the health care needs of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) deployed veterans seeking care outside of Veterans Affairs facilities. Responding to this gap, we conducted a mixed methods study of postdeployment health among veterans and members of their social networks in six communitybased primary care clinics. A total of 347 patients completed a survey dealing with deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan (whether their own or that of a family member, friend, or coworker), and subsequent psychosocial and health problems. A subset of 52 participants responded to an open-ended question requesting additional information about experiences during and postdeployment. Content analysis of these responses revealed five overarching themes: connectedness, perceptions of conflict, consequences of deployment, health and treatment concerns, and respect and concern for service members/veterans. These data point to significant deployment-related disruptions in the well-being of service members and those in their broader social networks, with implications for defining service needs in community health settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-957
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume175
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Finley Garcia, E., Zeber, J. E., Pugh, M. J. V., Cantu, G., Copeland, L. A., Parchman, M. L., & Noel, P. H. (2010). Postdeployment health care for returning OEF/OIF Military personnel and their social networks: A qualitative approach. Military Medicine, 175(12), 953-957.

Postdeployment health care for returning OEF/OIF Military personnel and their social networks : A qualitative approach. / Finley Garcia, Erin; Zeber, John E.; Pugh, Mary Jo V; Cantu, Gabriela; Copeland, Laurel A.; Parchman, Michael L.; Noel, Polly H.

In: Military Medicine, Vol. 175, No. 12, 12.2010, p. 953-957.

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Finley Garcia, E, Zeber, JE, Pugh, MJV, Cantu, G, Copeland, LA, Parchman, ML & Noel, PH 2010, 'Postdeployment health care for returning OEF/OIF Military personnel and their social networks: A qualitative approach', Military Medicine, vol. 175, no. 12, pp. 953-957.
Finley Garcia E, Zeber JE, Pugh MJV, Cantu G, Copeland LA, Parchman ML et al. Postdeployment health care for returning OEF/OIF Military personnel and their social networks: A qualitative approach. Military Medicine. 2010 Dec;175(12):953-957.
Finley Garcia, Erin ; Zeber, John E. ; Pugh, Mary Jo V ; Cantu, Gabriela ; Copeland, Laurel A. ; Parchman, Michael L. ; Noel, Polly H. / Postdeployment health care for returning OEF/OIF Military personnel and their social networks : A qualitative approach. In: Military Medicine. 2010 ; Vol. 175, No. 12. pp. 953-957.
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