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Providing Mental Health Services to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Gina Signoracci, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Identifier:
First received: November 7, 2011
Last updated: June 8, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

The purpose of this study is to gather information from VISN 19 Denver VA mental health professionals regarding their perspectives of necessary resources to provide best practice mental health service to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/ Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans. Specifically, this study aims to describe provider perspectives regarding the following: a) clinical needs of OIF/OEF Veterans; b) collaboration and referral processes; c) barriers to providing optimal treatment to this cohort d) provider needs and resources that may improve service delivery to this cohort; e) provider perspectives regarding psychiatric outcomes in this cohort; and f) professional satisfaction. Support for this study is provided by previous research evaluating Veteran's Administration (VA) needs to provide service to OIF/OEF Veterans (Sayer, et al. 2009; Friedmann-Sanchez, et al. 2008).

The above information will be obtained using semi-structured interview. Hypotheses are not provided as this is an exploratory qualitative study.

Condition Intervention
Mental Health Services
Other: No Intervention

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Providing Mental Health Services to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans: Provider Perspectives

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Further study details as provided by Gina Signoracci, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Semi-Structured Interview [ Time Frame: Interview conducted one time per participant (completion time: approximately 1 hour) ]
    Semi-structured interview regarding provider experiences of providing mental health treatment to OIF/OEF Veterans. The interview takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is conducted one time with each participant.

Enrollment: 13
Study Start Date: July 2011
Study Completion Date: March 2014
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Denver VA OIF/OEF and mental health providers
Denver VA OIF/OEF and mental health providers
Other: No Intervention
No Intervention

Detailed Description:

No hypotheses are associated with this study as this is a qualitative study wherein subjects will participate in a semi-structured interview developed specifically for this study, which serves as the outcome measure. Up to 30 providers will be interviewed.

Data Analysis Interviews will be transcribed in their entirety and de-identified. Dr. Signoracci and 4 additional MRIECC researchers will independently code each interview for themes. Finally, group meetings with Dr. Signoracci and MIRECC researchers will be held in order to achieve larger consensus regarding such unique and universal themes (Rubin & Rubin, 1995).

Any reporting of information regarding: a) length of time employed at Denver VA; b) length of time employed within VA system; c) provider professional title; d) provider degree; f) professional licenses held; g) clinic/service in which provide services will be done in the aggregate, across clinics. No individual data will be reported with respect to these items. Also, any selected quotes that are reported will remain de-identified.

Power analyses will not be conducted because no hypothesis quantitative testing is being done, and therefore there are no parameters to estimate. With qualitative designs one conducts interviews until reaching the saturation point. In other words, subsequent interviews do not yield any new information (Rubin & Rubin, 1995). Previous experience (Brenner et al., 2008) suggests that 25 completed interviews should provide a wide enough range of responses for important themes to emerge.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Denver VA Mental Health Providers Up to 30 providers will be interviewed.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Denver VA Mental Health Providers that provide mental health treatment to OIF/OEF Veterans
  • Age 18-70

Exclusion Criteria Denver VA providers that do not provide mental health to OIF/OEF Veterans

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01476618

United States, Colorado
Denver VA
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80220
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Principal Investigator: Gina M Signoracci, Ph.D. VISN 19 Denver VA MIRECC
  More Information

Responsible Party: Gina Signoracci, Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Identifier: NCT01476618     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-0300
Study First Received: November 7, 2011
Last Updated: June 8, 2015

Keywords provided by Gina Signoracci, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:
Provider Perspectives
OIF/OEF Veterans processed this record on May 25, 2017