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The reality of malingered PTSD among veterans: Reply to McNally and Frueh (2012)

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  • Brian P. Marx,

    Corresponding author
    1. VA National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • James C. Jackson,

    1. Center for Health Services Research, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    2. Division of Allergy/Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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  • Paula P. Schnurr,

    1. VA National Center for PTSD, White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
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  • Maureen Murdoch,

    1. Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and Section of General Internal Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    2. Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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  • Nina A. Sayer,

    1. Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and Section of General Internal Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    2. Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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  • Terence M. Keane,

    1. VA National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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  • Matthew J. Friedman,

    1. VA National Center for PTSD, White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont, USA
    2. Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
    3. Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
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  • Robert A. Greevy,

    1. Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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  • Richard R. Owen,

    1. VA Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (MH QUERI), Central Arkansas VA Healthcare System, North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
    2. Division of Health Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
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  • Patricia L. Sinnott,

    1. Health Economics Resource Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California, USA
    2. Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA
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  • Theodore Speroff

    1. Center for Health Services Research, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    2. Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    3. Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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  • This research was supported by grant number SDP 06-331 from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.

Abstract

In this reply to McNally and Frueh (2012), we offer some additional insight into the studies they use to support their argument that we should be worried about malingering among veterans. We also describe other research on the disability system of the Department of Veterans Affairs and compensation-seeking behavior that challenges their conclusions.

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