Quality of Life in War Veterans

  • N. Shamspour
  • S. Assari
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War affects the physical ability and self-perceived, emotional, and mental health of those caught up in it. Over the years, we have gained a deeper insight into the physical and mental health of war veterans, who experience a poorer health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in comparison with healthy controls, even years after the war. This poorer HRQOL has been attributed to several chronic somatic conditions such as spinal cord injury, gout, intestinal ostomies,  Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), persistent atrial fibrillation,  multiple sclerosis (MS), organ transplantation, prostate cancer, and Parkinson's disease, as well as to some psychological conditions such as  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychiatric distress, embarrassment,  borderline personality disorder (BPD), and mental health comorbidity. Be that as it may, even in the absence of any chronic condition, war veterans may have a lower HRQOL by comparison with the general population. War veterans are a heterogeneous population with diverse health problems; this is an important factor to be taken into account when assessing their HRQOL.


Spinal Cord Injury Borderline Personality Disorder Expand Disability Status Scale Utility Score Persistent Atrial Fibrillation 
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List of Abbreviations:


borderline personality disorder


civilian sexual assault


disability-adjusted life years


human immunodeficiency virus


health-related quality of life


Gulf war


multiple sclerosis


physical component summary


Post-traumatic standard gamble (SG) stress disorder


 sinus rhythm


time tradeoff


veterans’ affair


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Shamspour
    • 1
  • S. Assari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and PsychiatryMedicine and Health Promotion InstituteTehranIran

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