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What are the effects of having an illness or injury whilst deployed on post deployment mental health? A population based record linkage study of UK Army personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan

Harriet J Forbes1, Norman Jones3, Charlotte Woodhead2, Neil Greenberg3, Kate Harrison4, Sandra White4, Simon Wessely2 and Nicola T Fear3*

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1 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK

2 King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London, Weston Education Centre, 10 Cutcombe Road, London, SE5 9RJ, UK

3 Academic Centre for Defence Mental Health, King’s College London, Weston Education Centre, 10 Cutcombe Road, London, SE5 9RJ, UK

4 DASA Health Information, Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA), UK Ministry of Defence, Ensleigh, Bath, BA1 5AB, UK

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BMC Psychiatry 2012, 12:178  doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-178

Published: 24 October 2012

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Table A. Differences between consenters and non-consenters. Table B1 Sensitivity analysis; the association between having an illness or injury event on OpEDAR whilst deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and subsequent mental health problems in UK Army personnel, where illness takes precedent over injury. Table B2 Sensitivity analysis; the association between having an illness or injury event on OpEDAR whilst deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and subsequent mental health problems in UK Army personnel, adjusting for having had a hospital attendance before their most recent deployment. Table B3 Sensitivity analysis; the association between having an illness or injury event on OpEDAR whilst deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and subsequent mental health problems in UK Army personnel, removing OpEDAR events classified as “psychiatric illnesses”. Table B4 Sensitivity analysis; the association between having an illness or injury event on OpEDAR whilst deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and subsequent mental health problems in UK Army personnel, adjusting for phase 1 mental health. (DOCX 36 kb)

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