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Suicides Among Military Personnel—Reply

Charles W. Hoge, MD1; Cynthia A. LeardMann, MPH2; Edward J. Boyko, MD, MPH3
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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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In Reply The MCS is the largest longitudinal study of current and former US military members. Contrary to assertions by Drs Nevin and Ritchie, multiple methodological studies have been conducted, including comparisons between responders and nonresponders, survey and electronic records, and validation of the standardized instruments.1,2 Despite relatively low response rates, the cohort is representative of the US military, has outstanding data quality and reliability, and has no evidence of adverse sampling or response bias.1,2 Most importantly, this is the first study to link data from active military service, time after service (from sources independent from the Department of Veterans Affairs), and national death records. Thus, it offers an opportunity to comprehensively assess the effect of military risk factors beyond military service.

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December 18, 2013
Remington L. Nevin, MD, MPH; Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH
1Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
2District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2563-2564. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282692.
December 18, 2013
Mary Jo Larson, PhD, MPA; Grant A. Ritter, PhD; Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH
1Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2565. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282695.
December 18, 2013
Craig J. Bryan, PsyD; Tracy A. Clemans, PsyD
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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