Date of Award
Master of Science
Soldiers returning from Operation Enduring (OEF) and Iraqi (OIF) Freedom endure many ploytrauma injuries including traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study examines the role of insomnia, PTSD and pain-related outcomes in a sample of TBI veterans. The medical records of 147 OEF/OIF veterans seen at a VAMC Polytrauma clinic were reviewed. Analyses indicated a high prevalence of PTSD, insomnia, and pain in this population, co-occurring in 47.6% of veterans. Increased PTSD symptomatology was significantly correlated with reports of more pain severity (r = .51), pain interference (r = .56), and insomnia (r = .64). Insomnia partially mediated the relation between PTSD and both pain severity and interference. These results indicate the overlap and complexity of presenting complaints in OEF/OIF veterans and highlight the role of sleep disturbances in complicating diagnosis and treatment of veterans. They further suggest the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to assessing and treating these veterans.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Lang, Katie Patricia, "Exploring the Role of Insomnia in the Relation between PTSD and Pain in Veterans with Polytrauma Injuries" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 460.