There are a number of perceived barriers that preclude Combat Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from seeking care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This study will conduct an exploratory analysis of perceived barriers to treatment in an attempt to identify institutional, logistical, and stigma related barriers to accessing care.
Using one-on-one interviews, data will be collected for perceived barriers to accessing care in domains of Institutional issues arising from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Logistical issues in accessing care due to time and transportation constraints. Additionally, stigma related barriers in the areas of social stigma, occupational stigma, and institutional stigma will be explored.
The results of the data collection will be analyzed and identified and perceived barriers to care among Combat Veterans will be discussed.
Combat Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom face unique barriers to accessing care for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in contrast to Combat Veterans from previous armed conflicts. These barriers must be identified prior to implementation of programs so that mitigating factors can be implemented in future to increase the rates of care for these Combat Veterans.
Smith, Joshua, "Explorative Study of Barriers to Care for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Combat Veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom" (2015). College of Health Sciences Presentations. 13.