Demographic and clinical characteristics of UK military veterans attending a psychological therapies service

Clarissa Giebel, Paul Clarkson, David Challis

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Abstract

Aims and method: To investigate the demographic and clinical characteristics of subgroups of UK veterans attending a dedicated psychological therapies service following the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) treatment model. Veterans accessing a newly established service in the north-west were categorised into three groups: early service leavers, those with a physical disability, and substance and/or alcohol misusers. Anxiety, depression and social functioning were measured pre- and post-treatment.

Results: Veterans vary in their demographic and clinical characteristics as well as in treatment efficacy, as measured by the post-treatment scores on probable depression and anxiety. Therapy appears to be most effective in early service leavers, whereas veterans with a physical disability or a substance or alcohol misuse problem tend not to do as well in terms of symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Clinical implications: This study highlights the importance of targeting different veteran subgroups for dedicated psychological therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-275
Number of pages6
JournalThe Psychiatrist
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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