An estimate of the veteran population in England: based on data from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.


Woodhead, C; Sloggett, A; Bray, I; Bradbury, J; McManus, S; Meltzer, H; Brugha, T; Jenkins, R; Greenberg, N; Wessely, S; Fear, N; (2009) An estimate of the veteran population in England: based on data from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Population trends (138). pp. 50-4. ISSN 0307-4463

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The health and well-being of military veterans has recently generated much media and political interest. Estimating the current and future size of the veteran population is important to the planning and allocation of veteran support services. METHODS: Data from a 2007 nationally representative residential survey of England (the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey) were extrapolated to the whole population to estimate the number of veterans currently residing in private households in England. This population was projected forward in two ten-year blocks up to 2027 using a current life table. RESULTS: It was estimated that in 2007, 3,771,534 (95% CI: 2,986,315-4,910,205) veterans were living in residential households in England. By 2027, this figure was predicted to decline by 50.4 per cent, mainly due to large reductions in the number of veterans in the older age groups (65-74 and 75+ years). CONCLUSION: Approximately three to five million veterans are currently estimated to be living in the community in England. As the proportion of National Service veterans reduces with time, the veteran population is expected to halve over the next 20 years.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Population Studies Group
PubMed ID: 20120251
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2237

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