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Target Depression in Veterans With PTSD

Key clinical point: Comorbid depressive symptoms in PTSD patients could contribute to cardiovascular disease and diabetes by negatively affecting health behaviors, thus depression could be a target for intervention in those patients.

Major finding: The Dedert model was used to determine the selection of variables, and after controlling for PTSD, depression was significantly associated with less physical activity, poor quality diet, and greater likelihood of smoking.

Study details: The data come from a cross-sectional survey of 657 adult veterans used to create a risk model.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System (VAPS), as well as the VAPS Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center; and the VAPS Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence. Lead author Katherine D. Hoerster, MD, MPH, disclosed support from a VA HSR&D Career Development Award. The researchers disclosed having no financial conflicts.


Hoerster KD et al. Prev Med Rep. 2019. Jun 28;15:100930. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr:2019.100930.