Veterans study

The Veterans' Cohort Study conducted a mental health assessment of veterans in Geisinger Health System. In phase I, we recruited a random sample of 700 veterans for a comprehensive telephone survey evaluation. This survey was completed in 2012. The main focus of the baseline survey was to assess the prevalence of and risk factors for mental health disorder among Geisinger's veteran population. This research is being used to develop the next generation of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) prediction tools and to validate our PTSD prediction model among veterans. 

In Phase 2, we plan to assess genetic risk factors for PTSD and related conditions among these veterans. We plan to collect DNA from those who completed the original baseline survey and who also agreed to participate in a future study. In the Phase 2 study, we also are planning to assess the association between genetic variants and the onset of cardiovascular diseases (and related conditions).