Gulf War Veterans: Measuring Health

Gulf War Veterans: Measuring Health

by Lyla M. Hernandez, Jane S. Durch, Dan G. Blazer II, Isabel V. Hoverman, Committee on Measuring the Health of Gulf War Veterans
     
 

Many individuals, groups, and federal agencies have a strong interest in finding answers to the numerous and complex questions regarding the health of Gulf War veterans. Various types of research and health measurement are needed to address these diverse issues. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department

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Many individuals, groups, and federal agencies have a strong interest in finding answers to the numerous and complex questions regarding the health of Gulf War veterans. Various types of research and health measurement are needed to address these diverse issues. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to undertake a study to identify important questions concerning the health of Gulf War veterans and then to design a study to answer those questions. The committee determined that it is of fundamental importance to ask how healthy are Gulf War veterans? Are they as healthy as others? What characteristics are associated with differences between the health of Gulf War veterans and the health of others?

To address these questions, it will be necessary to measure not only the health status of those who served in the Gulf War, but also to compare Gulf War veterans with other groups. Further, one must continue to follow these groups through time to determine whether the groups differ in the way their health status is changing. As the committee began to develop a design that would address the fundamental questions identified, it realized that such a study could have important implications for understanding not only the health of Gulf War veterans, but also the health of veterans of other conflicts.

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Booknews
This study, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, presents recommendations for researching the general health of Gulf War veterans. Although there is no single diagnosable illness or set of symptoms with a known etiology characterizing any set of Gulf War veterans, there does seem to be a higher prevalence of some symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, skin rash, headache, and muscle and joint pain. The Institute's committee recommends implementation of a research portfolio and study that they hope will answer questions about the causes of these symptoms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309065801
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
09/14/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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