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VA leverages tool to assess veterans’ physical, mental health

June 4, 2019

A self-reporting tool is able to accurately track the health of veterans who may otherwise be hesitant to seek medical care, according to results of a large national cohort.

In a VA-funded study led by a researcher from Northwestern Medicine, more than 3,000 veterans nationwide used the tool—a survey called PROMIS-29—to self-report their physical and mental health.

When researchers compared the results with the general U.S. population, they found that veterans experienced more anxiety, depression, fatigue, as well as pain and sleep disturbance than other groups of Americans.

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