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Mental Health Needs - Rural Provider PTSD Toolkit


Rural Provider PTSD Toolkit

Mental Health Needs
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Health care providers working with rural Veterans face a set of challenges that can involve significant clinical complexity and patient risk, at times exceeding what is typically encountered in other settings. In addition to a generally lower level of health-related quality of life, rural Veterans tend to have much higher rates of PTSD and chronic pain than civilian populations, at times leading to dangerous interactions between multiple prescription drugs as well as substance use.3 Rural Veterans enrolled in VA care are also at greater risk of suicide than their non-rural counterparts. With a significant percentage of rural Veterans receiving care in both VA and in the community, it is important to raise awareness of these complex and frequently overlapping problems in order to educate patients, coordinate care between all providers, and work together to reduce risks and improve the lives of rural Veterans.4

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PTSD Suicide Opioid-Related Deaths

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health