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Veterans Mental Illness Research Publications - 2014 | NW MIRECC

2014 NW MIRECC Staff Publications and Presentations

The following is a sampling of publications and presentations from 2014 by VISN 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center researchers and fellowship program faculty. Where available, a link to the full article is provided at the end of the summary. For a sampling of additional articles, please see 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Morasco, B., Lovejoy, T., Turk, D., Crain, A., Hauser, P., & Dobscha, S. (2014). Biopsychosocial factors associated with pain in veterans with the hepatitis C virus. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(5), 902-911.
Little research has examined etiological factors associated with pain in patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between biopsychosocial factors and pain among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and pain completed self-report measures of pain, mental health functioning, pain-specific psychosocial variables (pain catastrophizing, self-efficacy for managing pain, social support), prescription opioid use, and demographic characteristics. Read full research article: Biopsychosocial factors associated with pain in veterans with the hepatitis C virus

Morasco, B. J., O’Hearn, D., Turk, D. C., & Dobscha, S. K. (2014). Associations between prescription opioid use and sleep impairment among veterans with chronic pain. Pain Medicine, 15(11), 1902-1910.
Chronic pain is associated with impairments in sleep; however, the relationship between prescription opioid status and sleep is unclear. This is a cross-sectional study with retrospective review of patient medical records. The primary aim of this study was to examine differences in self-reported sleep quality between groups of patients who varied based on chronic pain and prescription opioid status. Read full research article: Associations between prescription opioid use and sleep impairment among veterans with chronic pain

Morasco, B. J., O'Neil, M. E., Duckart, J. P., & Ganzini, L. (2014). Comparison of health service use among veterans with methamphetamine versus alcohol use disorders. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 8(1), 47-52.
Methamphetamine use disorders (MUD) are associated with severe health effects and psychiatric comorbidities, but little is known about the health care utilization of patients with Methamphetamine use disorders (MUD). The goal of this study was to describe health service use among veterans with Methamphetamine use disorders (MUD) relative to a group of veterans with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Using Veterans Affairs (VA) administrative data, we identified 718 patients who were diagnosed with Methamphetamine use disorders (MUD) and had confirmatory drug testing. Data were compared with those of 744 patients who had diagnoses of an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Using Veterans Affairs (VA) administrative data, we identified 718 patients who were diagnosed with Methamphetamine use disorders (MUD) and had confirmatory drug testing. Data also with confirmatory testing. Read full research article: Comparison of health service use among veterans with methamphetamine versus alcohol use disorders

Weimer, M. B., Macey, T. A., Nicolaidis, C., Dobscha, S., & Morasco, B. J. (2014). Sex differences in VA patients with chronic pain. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 140, e240.
Objective: Despite a growing number of women seeking medical care in the veterans affairs (VA) system, little is known about the characteristics of their chronic pain or the pain care they receive. This study sought to determine if sex differences are present in the medical care veterans received for chronic pain. Subjects: The subjects were 17,583 veteran patients with moderate to severe chronic non-cancer pain treated in the Pacific Northwest during 2008. Result: Compared with male veterans, female veterans were more often diagnosed with two or more pain conditions, and had more of the following pain-related diagnoses: fibromyalgia, low back pain, inflammatory bowel disease, migraine headache, neck or joint pain, and arthritis. After adjustment for demographic characteristics, pain diagnoses, mental health diagnoses, substance use disorders, and medical comorbidity, women had lower odds of being prescribed chronic opioid therapy, greater odds of visiting an emergency department for a pain-related complaint, and greater odds of receiving physical therapy. Primary care utilization was not significantly different between sexes. Read full research article: Sex differences in VA patients with chronic pain


For additional articles, please see: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014