Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 3 Issue: 1

Recruiting Partners of Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Survey Research: Feasibility, Response Rate, and Representativeness

Alyssa J Mansfield1*, Kim M Schaper1* and Craig S Rosen2,3
1National Center for PTSD Pacific Islands Division, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, Honolulu, HI, USA
2National Center for PTSD Dissemination & Training Division, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA, USA
3Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Corresponding author : Alyssa J Mansfield
National Center for PTSD, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, 3375 Koapaka Street, Suite I-560, Honolulu, HI 96819-5202, USA
Tel: 808-566-1889; Fax: 808-566-1885
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: September 17, 2013 Accepted: November 13, 2013 Published: January 03, 2014
Citation: Mansfield AJ, Schaper KM, Rosen CS (2014) Recruiting Partners of Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Survey Research: Feasibility, Response Rate, and Representativeness. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 3:1. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.100018

Abstract

Recruiting Partners of Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Survey Research: Feasibility, Response Rate, and Representativeness

Intimate partners of veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be instrumental in the veterans’ PTSD recovery. Despite interest from both veterans and their significant others for greater partner involvement in Veterans Affairs (VA) treatment and services, significant challenges exist to engage partners directly for research, education or therapeutic activities. Furthermore, initiatives aimed at reaching a large, representative group of veterans’ intimate partners are unlikely to achieve sufficient sample size through direct contact with veterans or their significant others alone.

Keywords: Posttraumatic stress disorder; Veterans; Intimate partners; Survey methods; Research subject recruitment

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