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2021 May 29

Mil Med

Prevalence of Polytrauma Clinical Triad Among Active Duty Service Members.


Laughter S, Khan M, Banaag A, Madsen C, Koehlmoos T P
Mil Med. 2021 May 29.
PMID: 34050366.


The polytrauma clinical triad (PCT), encompassing traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and chronic pain, has been identified as a significant concern in the Military Health System (MHS). Conditions in this triad mutually reinforce one another and can pose a significant challenge to treatment for patients and providers. Polytrauma clinical triad has previously been studied in deployed veterans but remains understudied in the active duty military population. Therefore, this novel study seeks to determine the prevalence of PCT among active duty service members and to identify the subpopulations most at risk for PCT.