As the war on terror continues, an increasing number of service members are being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting in increased demands on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare systems. Veterans in rural areas diagnosed with PTSD are not receiving the health care services they need and comprehensive research on this topic has yet to be undertaken. Research has shown that health service use patterns are affected by the perceived awareness of available services (availability) and likelihood of service use is affected by travel time to the closest provider (accessibility). The purpose of this study is to assess the availability and accessibility barriers to VA PTSD treatment among veterans in central Pennsylvania. This study employs semi-structured interviews, facility observation, and Geographic Information Systems analysis as methods. Findings suggest that perceived availability of PTSD treatment and socio-cultural factors related to accessibility are serving as barriers to PTSD treatment.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Geography, Health care management|
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