SIMILARITIES IN SPECIFIC PHYSICAL HEALTH DISORDER PREVALENCE AMONG FORMERLY DEPLOYED CANADIAN FORCES VETERANS WITH FULL AND SUBSYNDROMAL PTSD
Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
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Depression and Anxiety
Volume 29, Issue 11, pages 958–965, November 2012
How to Cite
Fetzner, M. G., McMillan, K. A. and Asmundson, G. J. G. (2012), SIMILARITIES IN SPECIFIC PHYSICAL HEALTH DISORDER PREVALENCE AMONG FORMERLY DEPLOYED CANADIAN FORCES VETERANS WITH FULL AND SUBSYNDROMAL PTSD. Depress. Anxiety, 29: 958–965. doi: 10.1002/da.21976
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 1 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 MAR 2012
- subsyndromal PTSD;
- physical health disorders;
- military veterans
The link between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and deleterious physical health consequences among previously deployed military veterans has been well documented. Research has focused primarily on investigating prevalence rates of physical health disorders among individuals with PTSD. Far less research has compared prevalence rates of specific physical health disorders among individuals with full and subsyndromal PTSD. The current study investigated differences in the prevalence of seven specific categories of physical health disorders (i.e. musculoskeletal, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, and other physical health disorders) among individuals with full PTSD, subsyndromal PTSD, and no PTSD (i.e. controls).
Participants were from a sample of Canadian Forces Veteran's Affairs clients (n = 990; 96.7% men) who were previously deployed to an overseas combat theatre.
Logistic regressions indicated four categories of physical health conditions (musculoskeletal, neurological, gastrointestinal, and other physical health disorders) were more likely to be present among those with full PTSD compared to those in the control group. Further, five physical health disorder categories (musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and other physical health disorders) were more likely to be present among those with subsyndromal PTSD when compared to those in the control group. There were no observed significant differences between full and subsyndromal PTSD.
Current results suggest similar patterns of specific physical health disorder prevalence among those with full and subsyndromal PTSD, which differ consistently from patterns of specific physical health disorders among those in the control group. Comprehensive results, implications, and directions for future research will be discussed.