Predictors of inpatient PTSD treatment noncompletion among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans

Derek D Szafranski, Alexander M Talkovsky, Tannah E Little, Deleene S Menefee, Jill L Wanner, Daniel F Gros, Peter J. Norton

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Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) display high rates of noncompletion from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment. The present study included 282 male OEF/OIF/OND veterans and examined predictors of noncompletion from inpatient evidence-based treatment (EBT) for PTSD. Logistic regression analyses identified younger age, higher military rank, less improvement in symptom reduction, less improvement in overall functioning, and greater concurrent drug use at admission as significant and unique predictors of noncompletion. Overall, these findings reveal clinically relevant predictors of noncompletion and provide information that may increase PTSD treatment completion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • PTSD
  • veterans
  • dropout
  • treatment noncompletion
  • inpatient
  • residential
  • evidence-based treatment
  • cognitive processing therapy
  • operation enduring freedom
  • operation Iraqi freedom
  • operation new dawn
  • military rank
  • substance use

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