A Survey of Perceived Barriers and Attitudes Toward Mental Health Care Among OEF/OIF Veterans at VA Outpatient Mental Health Clinics

Garcia, Hector A.; Finley, Erin P.; Ketchum, Norma; Jakupcak, Matthew; Dassori, Albana; Reyes, Stephanie C.
March 2014
Military Medicine;Mar2014, Vol. 179 Issue 3, p273
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study of U.S. veterans' attitudes and beliefs about mental health treatment and treatment-seeking, as well as perceived patient and institution-level logistical barriers to care. Results indicate that Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans were significantly more likely to endorse negative treatment attitudes as possible barriers to care than Vietnam and Gulf War veterans. The implications for outreach and engagement strategies are discussed.


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