Changes in psychiatric status and service use associated with continued compensation seeking after claim determinations for posttraumatic stress disorder

Nina A. Sayer, Michele Spoont, David B. Nelson, Barb Clothier, Maureen Murdoch

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Abstract

This study examined changes in psychiatric status and use of VA mental health services after the adjudication of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a sample of 101 veteran claimants. Hypotheses were based on the premise that the claims process may create incentives for veterans to demonstrate illness. After the PTSD claim determination, half the sample had filed or planned to file a chim for a rating increase or an appeal and thus remained compensation seeking. Contradicting the authors' hypotheses, psychiatric status did not improve and treatment drop-out rates did not increase among veterans who were no longer compensation seeking after the claim determination. Results have implications for the design and direction of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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