Science Current Events | Science News | Brightsurf.com
 

Iraq Troops' PTSD Rate as High as 35%, Says Management Insights StudyLawrence M. Wein

September 15, 2009
HANOVER, MD, September 14, 2009 - The Veterans' Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers anticipating that the rate among armed forces will be as high as 35%, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Management Insights, a regular feature of the journal, is a digest of important research in business, management, operations research, and management science. It appears in every issue of Management Science.

"A Dynamic Model for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among U.S. Troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom" is by Michael P. Atkinson of the Naval Postgraduate School and Adam Guetz and Lawrence M. Wein of Stanford University.

The tempo of deployment cycles in the Iraq War is higher than for any war since World War II, the authors write, and military survey data suggest that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common among service members.

To assure ample mental health resources to care for returning troops, the authors argue that it is important for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to forecast the timing and number of new PTSD cases over the coming years, which is complicated by the fact that many cases have delayed onset.

The authors combine a dynamic mathematical operations research model with deployment data and PTSD data from the Iraq War, and estimate that the PTSD rate among Iraq War veterans will be approximately 35%, which is roughly double the rate from the raw survey data. This doubling is due to the time lag between the PTSD-generating event and the onset of symptoms and to the fact that many surveyed troops will do subsequent deployments.

Consequently, the authors write, the VA system, which is already experiencing significant delays for PTSD treatment provision, urgently needs to ramp up its mental health resource capacity.

The current issue of Management Insights is available at http://mansci.journal.informs.org/cgi/reprint/55/9/iv. The full papers associated with the Insights are available to Management Science subscribers. Individual papers can be purchased at http://institutions.informs.org. Additional issues of Management Insights can be accessed at http://www.informs.org/site/ManSci/index.php?c=11&kat=Management+Insights.

The other Insights in the current issue are:

* Cause Marketing:Spillover Effects of Cause-Related Products in a Product Portfolio by Aradhna Krishna, Uday Rajan
* Impact of Workload on Service Time and Patient Safety:An Econometric Analysis of Hospital Operations by Diwas S. Kc, Christian Terwiesch
* Service Interruptions in Large-Scale Service Systems by Guodong Pang, Ward Whitt
* Quality Disclosure Formats in a Distribution Channel by Liang Guo
* Labor Market Institutions and Global Strategic Adaptation: Evidence from Lincoln Electric by Jordan I. Siegel, Barbara Zepp Larson
* Poker Player Behavior After Big Wins and Big Losses by Gary Smith, Michael Levere, Robert Kurtzman
* Revenue Driven Resource Allocation: Funding Authority, Incentives, and New Product Development Portfolio Management by Raul O. Chao, Stylianos Kavadias, Cheryl Gaimon
* A General Interindustry Relatedness Index by David J. Bryce, Sidney G. Winter
* Competing Retailers and Inventory: An Empirical Investigation of General Motors' Dealerships in Isolated U.S. Markets by Marcelo Olivares, Gérard P. Cachon

INFORMS journals are strongly cited in Journal Citation Reports, an industry source. In the JCR subject category "operations research and management science," Management Science ranked in the top 10 along with two other INFORMS journals.

The special MBA issue published by BusinessWeek includes Management Science and three other INFORMS journals in its list of 20 top academic journals that are used to evaluate business school programs. Financial Times includes Management Science and four other INFORMS journals in its list of academic journals used to evaluate MBA programs.

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences


Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Current Events and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder News Articles


Study Links Domestic Abuse to Mental Health Problems in New Mothers
A new study shows that domestic abuse is closely linked to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in mothers.

DNA modifications measured in blood signal related changes in the brain
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have confirmed suspicions that DNA modifications found in the blood of mice exposed to high levels of stress hormone - and showing signs of anxiety - are directly related to changes found in their brain tissues.

Report reveals adoption breakdown rate and the experiences of adoptive families in crisis
The most comprehensive study ever to be carried out into adoption in England has confirmed that the rate of breakdown is lower than anticipated, but it also reveals a stark picture of the problems faced by families.

One in 3 intensive care survivors develop depression that manifests as physical symptoms
A third of intensive care patients develop depression that typically manifests as physical, or somatic, symptoms such as weakness, appetite change, and fatigue, rather than psychological symptoms.

Use of mood-stabilizing drug linked with reduced risk of developing head and neck cancer
A new study indicates that a commonly used mood stabilizing drug may help prevent head and neck cancer. The study is published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

9/11 linked to two heart disease culprits: Obstructive sleep apnea and PTSD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai researchers have linked high levels of exposure to inhaled particulate matter by first responders at Ground Zero to the risk of obstructed sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both conditions that may impact cardiovascular health.

Suppressing unwanted memories reduces their unconscious influence on behavior
Researchers part-funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) have shown that, contrary to what was previously assumed, suppressing unwanted memories reduces their unconscious influences on subsequent behaviour, and have shed light on how this process happens in the brain.

Returning vets face 'warring identities' distress
Soldiers returning home from war may find themselves engaged in an even tougher conflict. A paper published in Society and Mental Health examines the "warring identities" many veterans confront when transitioning from soldier to civilian life.

Experiential avoidance increases PTSD risk following child maltreatment
Child abuse is a reliable predictor of post-traumatic stress disorder, but not all maltreated children suffer from it, according to Chad Shenk, assistant professor of human development and family studies, Penn State, who examined why some maltreated children develop PTSD and some do not.

A town where half the people have PTSD symptoms
Though just two of Hirono's 5,418 residents lost their lives in Japan's mega-earthquake and tsunami, a new study shows that the survivors are struggling to keep their sanity.
More Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Current Events and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder News Articles

© 2014 BrightSurf.com