Table 4

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 injuries and illnesses are categorised by disposal type
Alcohol Misuse Fair to Poor GeneralHealth Probable PTSD Common Mental Disorders
Prevalence Unadjusted OR Adjusted OR* Prevalence Unadjusted OR Adjusted OR* Prevalence Unadjusted OR Adjusted OR* Prevalence Unadjusted OR Adjusted OR*
n (%) (95% CI) (95% CI) n (%) (95% CI) (95% CI) n (%) (95% CI) (95% CI) n (%) (95% CI) (95% CI)
No event on OpEDAR 518/3312 1 1 367/3346 1 1 139/3330 1 1 633/3324 1 1
(17.5) (10.4) (4.3) (19.2)
Illness Returned to unit 9/73 0.74 (0.36-1.53) 0.78 (0.35-1.72) 15/74 1.94 (1.08-3.49) 1.79 (0.99-3.23) 7/75 2.00 (0.89-4.45) 1.58 (0.67-3.73) 22/74 1.74 (1.03-2.92) 1.57 (0.94-2.65)
(13.6) P=0.422 P=0.542 (18.5) P=0.027 P=0.052 (8.3) P=0.091 P=0.292 (29.3) P=0.037 P=0.087
Admitted 24/149 1.06 (0.66-1.70) 1.11 (0.68-1.81) 27/151 1.53 (0.98-2.37) 1.51 (0.96-2.37) 6/149 0.78 (0.34-1.82) 0.59 (0.25-1.41) 47/148 1.75 (1.21-2.54) 1.49 (1.01-2.20)
(18.3) P=0.819 P=0.672 (15.1) P=0.059 P=0.077 (3.4) P=0.573 P=0.239 (29.4) P=0.003 P=0.045
Medically evacuated 4/37 0.61 (0.21-1.81) 0.75 (0.23-2.51) 11/38 3.97 (1.89-8.32) 3.82 (1.78-8.23) 6/38 4.92 (1.88-1.82) 4.39 (1.60-12.07) 15/38 3.00 (1.50-6.00) 2.79 (1.41-5.51)
(11.5) P=0.375 P=0.644 (31.6) P<0.001 P=0.001 (18.3) P=0.001 P=0.004 (41.6) P=0.002 P=0.003
Injury Returned to unit 27/155 1.13 (0.73-1.75) 1.22 (0.78-1.91) 15/156 0.86 (0.49-1.51) 0.89 (0.51-1.57) 9/155 1.23 (0.60-2.52) 1.18 (0.57-2.47) 37/153 1.24 (0.83-1.85) 1.20 (0.79-1.80)
(19.3) P=0.594 P=0.390 (9.1) P=0.597 P=0.695 (5.3) P=0.571 P=0.654 (22.8) P=0.286 P=0.392
Admitted 11/47 1.80 (0.89-3.63) 1.78 (0.89-3.58) 6/47 1.13 (0.46-2.80) 1.27 (0.50-3.24) 4/47 2.34 (0.80-6.79) 1.79 (0.60-5.34) 13/45 1.63 (0.83-3.19) 1.52 (0.76-3.02)
(27.6) P=0.101 P=0.104 (11.6) P=0.789 P=0.621 (9.6) P=0.119 P=0.296 (27.9) P=0.160 P=0.237
Medically evacuated 9/49 1.45 (0.69-3.06) 1.23 (0.61-2.46) 16/50 3.56 (1.90-6.68) 3.88 (2.01-7.48) 8/50 5.00 (2.24-11.2) 4.27 (1.80-10.12) 14/50 1.65 (0.86-3.16) 1.51 (0.76-2.97)
(23.6) P=0.326 P=0.567 (29.3) P<0.001 P<0.001 (18.5) P<0.001 P=0.001 (28.2) P=0.134 P=0.235

*Adjusted for age, sex, rank, engagement status, traumatic deployment experiences and marital status.

Number of missing values ranges from 34–74.

Forbes et al.

Forbes et al. BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:178   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-178

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