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Colleagues,

A recent study funded by the Department of Defense addressing obstacles for assessment and diagnosis of various mental health conditions found that current practices are hindered by biases and complications, but remain the most effective tool to study and assess brain injuries.
The study, titled “Assessment and diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other polytrauma conditions: Burden of adversity hypothesis” was conducted in part by researchers from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and was published in the journal Rehabilitation Psychology...

.. Both the DoD and the VA utilize the Post-Deployment Health Assessment, administered to service members within 30 days of returning from combat, and the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment, administered three to six months later. The recent study sought to determine whether or not this process is the most effective way to identify health concerns in service members, and what possible biases and complications occur in administering the two assessments...

.. Researchers found several biases that potentially interfere with accurate reporting. Service members were found to underreport symptoms and health problems immediately following their return home, which negatively impacts the clinical assessment process....

... The study determined that while many factors complicate current screening and assessment methods, they are an effective way to identify and treat mental and physical health concerns among service members...

Click here to read the study abstract (full text of the article is available for purchase through this link as well).: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/rep/54/3/239/


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