The barriers for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) female veterans who have sought treatment at a healthcare facility for combat-related PTSD are not fully recognized, communicated, and understood. The purpose of the qualitative explanatory case study was to investigate barriers to treatment for female OEF/OIF veterans, diagnosed with combat-related PTSD, who have sought treatment from any healthcare facility, to determine why female veterans are experiencing barriers to treatment, and to better understand how barriers to treatment can be overcome. Data were collected using phone interviews with OEF or OIF female veterans who received a formal diagnosis of combat-related PTSD and who previously sought treatment at a healthcare facility, interviews with current and former providers at a healthcare facility who treat female veterans diagnosed with combat-related PTSD, and reviewing websites about information on female veterans diagnosed with combat-related PTSD. Analysis of data resulted in identifying four categories of themes for overcoming barriers to treatment. The first category, acquiring knowledge, includes the theme visiting the VA. The second category, healing process, includes the theme women’s treatment based on diagnoses. The third category, leadership preparedness, includes the theme creating a women’s mental health clinic. The fourth category, military culture, includes the theme eliminating the stigma of mental health treatment in the military. Recommendations for leaders include replicating the current study with a larger group of participants, including family members in treatment, provide childcare, an orientation program, more use of Telehealth clinics, streamline appointment scheduling, and female clinics.
|Advisor:||Miller, Leslie A.|
|Commitee:||Ferguson, Debbie, Daniels, Ruby|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Psychology, Social research|
|Keywords:||Barriers, Combat-related, Female, Post traumatic stress disorder, Treatment, Veterans|
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