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Doctors need better training to help war veterans

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c526 (Published 28 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c526
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Doctors could be better trained to meet the mental health needs of troops returning from war zones, advises the Mental Health Foundation.

    Veterans might be more willing to seek help if primary healthcare staff had a better understanding of the culture of the armed forces and the particular pressures they are under, says the report, The Mental Health of Veterans. It argues for veterans to take part in awareness training for health and social care professionals who come into regular contact with veterans.

    Support services for war veterans remain patchy, says the report. It also highlights the …

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