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Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Feb 1;64(2):177-80. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201200024.

Employment status of veterans receiving substance abuse treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Health Services Research and Development Service, Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Affairs VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois, USA. humensk@nyspi.columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined employment outcomes of veterans with substance use disorders and comorbid general medical and psychiatric disorders following substance abuse treatment.

METHODS:

The authors obtained employment and other information reported by 5,729 veterans at intake and at follow-up three to nine months after receiving substance abuse treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs during 2001-2010. Random-effects logistic regression models examined the probability of having employment earnings and days of paid work during the past 30 days among veterans with comorbid conditions.

RESULTS:

The percentage of veterans with any days of paid work rose from 28% at intake to 35% at follow-up. Veterans with comorbid anxiety and general medical conditions had lower odds of having earnings from employment or days of paid work at follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

Veterans with substance use disorders, particularly those with comorbid general medical and anxiety disorders, may be at risk of employment problems.

PMID:
23370624
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ps.201200024
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