Report: PTSD increasing, government not ready

FILE - This May 29, 2014 file photo shows the St. Louis VA Medical Center. On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill say VA leaders need to be held accountable after reports that Veterans Affairs health care centers in four Midwestern states maintained secret, unauthorized waiting lists of veterans, some of whom waited for care for more than 90 days. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

US (CNN/WANE)  A report from The Institute of Medicine (IOM) contains an assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatments which concludes that the government isn’t prepared to treat the increasing number of cases of PTSD in troops and veterans.

The IOM said PTSD is a signature injury of US conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s estimated that 8 percent of current and former service members who were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq have a PTSD diagnosis.

According to the report, between 2004 and 2012 the percentage of all active-duty service members with diagnosed PTSD increase from 1 to 5 percent.

The report evaluated both the Department of Defense (DOD) and Veteran Affairs (VA) in performance measurement, delivering high- value care, and training the workforce in response to the growing need for PTSD programs.

In the report, IOM claims “a lack of standards, reporting, and evaluation significantly compromises DoD and VA efforts,” and recommends that “both departments should continue to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to promote a collaborative, prospective PTSD research agenda.”

The report also suggests that the DoD and VA should increase  family member engagement in the PTSD management process.

The report, released Friday, was authorized by congress in 2010.

To read the full report click here.

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