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The impact of war experiences on dementia in veterans

Centre for Health Policy Programs and Economics. Research project. The impact of war experiences on dementia in veterans. Final report March 2012.This project was funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to investigate the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dementia in veterans. Recently, links have been made in the medical literature between PTSD and the incidence of dementia, with epidemiological evidence that the odds of developing dementia are 1.7 to 2 times greater in veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD. These findings from analyses of USA Veterans’ Affairs data led us to pose research questions about dementia and PTSD in Australian veterans. No Australian large scale data bases with variables on PTSD diagnoses and dementia diagnoses were available to replicate the USA analyses for older Australian veterans. However, a community survey of dementia, the EACHD evaluation survey, included veteran status as a survey item and provided the basis for an opportunity to address questions related to the issue. 

We aimed to answer the research questions:

  1. What is the profile of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in Australian veterans?
  2. Is the profile of BPSD different in veterans and non-veterans?
  3. Is the profile of BPSD different in veterans with PTSD and veterans without PTSD?

Final report March 2012

DVA's response to the report

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