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Table 1 Demographics and comorbidities among Massachusetts VHA patients with PTSD and comparison group, 2000-2008

From: Posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and non-fatal intentional self-harm in Massachusetts Veterans

  PTSD Comparison group
(N = 16,004) (N = 52,502)
  Males Females Males Females
  (N = 15,056) (N = 948) (N = 48,042) (N = 4,460)
Demographics     
Race, n (%)     
White 12,872 (88.0%) 755 (83.0%) 36,599 (85.2%) 2,297 (68.3%)
Black 1,314 (9.0%) 126 (13.9%) 2,958 (6.9%) 306 (9.1%)
Asian 46 (0.3%) 6 (0.7%) 149 (0.4%) 42 (1.3%)
American Indian 30 (0.21%) 3 (0.3%) 106 (0.3%) 12 (0.4%)
Unknown 368 (2.5%) 20 (2.2%) 3,168 (7.4%) 705 (21.0%)
Marital status     
Married 6,800 (46.9%) 211 (23.3%) 22,267 (47.1%) 923 (20.8%)
Divorced 3,532 (24.4%) 286 (31.5%) 9,910 (21.0%) 593 (13.4%)
Never/Single 3,110 (21.4%) 333 (36.7%) 10,092 (21.3%) 796 (18.0%)
Widowed 659 (4.5%) 47 (5.2%) 3,068 (6.5%) 156 (3.5%)
Single 247 (1.7%) 14 (1.5%) 265 (0.6%) 18 (0.4%)
Unknown 157 (1.1%) 16 (1.8%) 1,708 (3.6%) 1,948 (43.9%)
Age, Mean (SD, range) 56.4 (13.8, 19.8 – 96.7) 44.3 (12.2, 19.4 – 85.5) 59.4 (15.1, 17.3 – 97.4) 44.8 (12.1, 16.7 – 89.6)
Comorbidities     
Depression diagnosis, n (%) 1,704 (11.3%) 175 (18.5%) 1,135 (2.4%) 117 (2.6%)
Alcohol abuse/dependence, n (%) 2,381 (15.8%) 97 (10.2%) 2,604 (5.4%) 49 (1.1%)
Drug abuse/dependence, n (%) 2,729 (18.1%) 153 (16.1%) 4,350 (9.1%) 162 (3.6%)
Anxiety disorders, n (%) 1,949 (13.0%) 132 (13.9%) 1,660 (3.5%) 124 (2.8%)
Prior suicide attempt, n (%) 44 (0.3%) 5 (0.5%) 8 (0.02%) 3 (0.07%)
  1. Note. PTSD = posttraumatic stress disorder.