08 Aug '17, 7am

Report: Pentagon not providing adequate care to troops at risk of suicide - Stripes

WASHINGTON – Defense Department health care providers do a good job of screening for suicide risk, but they fail to provide critical and effective follow-up treatment to servicemembers identified as suicidal, according to a Rand Corp. report released Monday. Rand researchers found appropriate follow-up care was given to only 30 percent of servicemembers with depression and 54 percent of servicemembers with post-traumatic stress disorder who were at risk of suicide. The rest did not receive follow-up care or got medication and psychotherapy that has not been proven to help. The report is based on observations of nearly 39,000 servicemembers with diagnosed PTSD or depression over a one-year period. It’s one of the largest evaluations of military mental health care, said Kimberly Hepner, a behavioral scientist and the lead researcher. “The military health system did quite wel...

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