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J Mil Med 2013, 14(4): 251-260 Back to browse issues page
Research Findings, Limitations, and Orientations in the Field of Veterans’ Mental Health
Khodabakhsh Ahmadi *, Mojtaba Habibi, Reza Shahi, Samira Khoshkam, Azade Moradi, Shiva Akhavan Rad, Mohmmad Javad Ahmadizade
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Aims: Different studies have been conducted in the field of veterans’ mental health. The purpose of the present study was to present a review of these studies in order to clarify the existing research limitations for developing a research matrix and specify future orienta-tions. Methods: The present study has investigated the existing databases on research conducted in the field of veterans’ mental health including research projects, papers and abstracts pre-sented at seminars and conferences using content analysis and review study. The study population consisted of archived sources that were gathered and classified by using review protocol. They were analyzed using Marshal and Rasman Model. Results: Results showed that among implemented surveys, 35% were on mental disorders, 21% on psychological health aspects, 17% on family and children, 10% on cure and medical interventions, 8% on life quality, and 4% on veterans’ welfare problems. In order to do a qualitative analysis, results obtained in the reviewed studies were classified in the following nine dimensions: life quality, their family, occupation, social issues, drug abuse, life style, mental disorders, medication, and welfare problems. In general, advantages and disad-vantages of previous surveys in the last 3 decades were classified, and a research matrix was suggested accordingly in the field of veterans’ mental health and their family. Conclusion: The findings of the present study can help develop a road map for all those involved research and medication authorities in the field of veterans and their families’ mental health. They can also help illuminate the policy making strategies for future research in the form of descriptive-analytic evaluation of findings, dilemmas, and research orienta-tions.
Keywords: Mental Health, Veteran, Systematic Review, Family, Road Map, Qualitative Study, Re-search Matrix, Research Orientation
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Type of Study: Orginal Research | Subject: military medcine
Received: 2011/10/16 | Accepted: 2013/08/4 | Published: 2013/08/4

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