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Suicides Among Military Personnel

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD1; Tracy A. Clemans, PsyD1
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1National Center for Veterans Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2564-2565. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282698.
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To the Editor The findings of the study reporting that deployment-related factors were not related to death by suicide among current and former US military personnel1 converge with those of previous studies,2,3 although the large sample, primary outcome of suicide death, and longitudinal design used by Ms LeardMann and colleagues address the limitations of the earlier studies. Although we agree with the study’s primary conclusions, it is important to keep in mind several limitations that were not addressed by the authors.

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December 18, 2013
Charles W. Hoge, MD; Cynthia A. LeardMann, MPH; Edward J. Boyko, MD, MPH
1Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland
2Deployment Health Research Department, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, California
3Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2565-2566. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282701.
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