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Pentagon urged to broaden stress disorder assistance | NNDC
 

Pentagon urged to broaden stress disorder assistance

Features Sandro Galea, MD, Columbia University

In the first comprehensive review of the government's programs for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in service members and veterans, a panel of experts recommended Friday that the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs expand access to services, particularly for people in rural areas, in the National Guard or the Reserves, or in combat zones.

The report, by the Institute of Medicine, also concluded that the two departments need to improve their assessment of how well their many treatment programs work, as well as find better ways of coordinating care that can begin overseas and then continue on bases or in small towns across the nation.

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Posted to Members in the News & PublicationsPolicy & Advocacy on July 16, 2012