June 1, 2015 - A survey of nearly 150 U.S. physicians who frequently treat veterans found civilian doctors aren't adequately trained in health issues related to military service, according to research published today in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
More than half of the respondent indicated they were not comfortable discussing health-related exposures and risks that veterans might experience such as depleted uranium, smoke and chemical weapons. Further, the survey indicated doctors needed more training to properly identify, communicate with and treat veterans who have military-related health conditions as more than 70 percent reported that they felt that they were between very uncomfortable and just moderately comfortable in this area.
The survey, which spanned two medical meetings in Ohio, involved 140 civilian physicians serving high levels of veterans, defined as at least one of five patients.
"None of the survey results showed an overall high level of comfort with veteran's health issues," said Todd Fredricks, DO, lead researcher. "Our research suggests civilian physicians need more resources to better understand the health implications of military service, particularly since a large number of these patients have experienced combat and may face long-term physical and mental implications."
It's estimated that PTSD effects 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, 10 percent of Desert Storm veterans and as many as 10 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Yet, only 15 percent of physicians reported a high level of understanding of PTSD. read more>>>
Reason they obstruct the people served Responsibility as to VA budgets, especially as to our wars and, for decades! Reason when under Conservative leadership, Executive branches, little is done and Congressional legislation, to wave that, poser, patriotism, is submitted and passed it's rarely funded! Reason the needed media hyped 'scandals' persist, and create even more problems, as those served not only ignore but outright deny many issues even exist, through their representatives, to push that ideology of privatizing, for corporate profit with little regulation, into reality!! And those Served want it that way as they don't even like paying for the wars let alone the long term results from, as they buy into the con of it being cheaper and better, the total opposite is the truth!! It already does cost them plenty more, borrowed with interest as well, to fix the problems their representatives cause, the same over and over and snowball out causing even more!!