Health and Human Services Department of Defense Veterans Affairs Health and Human Services Gulf War Information Department of Defense Gulf War Information Veterans Affairs Gulf War Information Home Home Advanced Search Glossary FAQs Site Map Contact Us
 Research Topics    |    Major Focus Areas    |    Reports
Research Topics
Health and Human Services Department of Defense Veterans Affairs Health and Human Services Gulf War Information Department of Defense Gulf War Information Veterans Affairs Gulf War Information Home Home Advanced Search Glossary FAQs Site Map Contact Us
 Research Topics    |    Major Focus Areas
Research Topics
ACCIDENTS & INJURIES
BONE, JOINT & MUSCLE
BRAIN & NERVOUS
CANCER
CARDIOVASCULAR
CHEMICAL WARFARE
DIGESTIVE HEALTH
ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
FAMILY HEALTH
GENERAL HEALTH & PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS
GENETIC STUDIES
HEALTH RESEARCH OF ALLIED FORCES
IMMUNE/BLOOD SYSTEM
INFECTIONS
LUNG & RESPIRATORY
MENTAL HEALTH
MILITARY WORKING DOGS
MORTALITY/DEATH
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/OUTCOMES
SLEEP DISORDER
Treatment
VACCINES & PROTECTIVE MEDICATIONS
General Health & Physical Symptoms
General
Project Summary

Title: Patterns of Pre-Persian Gulf War Illness and Health Care Seeking
Synopsis: This pilot study will review health records prior to the Gulf War deployment to see if patterns of illness or healthcare usage were different in individuals who later developed poorly defined illnesses, in order to determine whether or not a full study should be done. (Same as 116B, with additional notation that project has begun.)
Overall Project Objective: Upon return from the Persian Gulf War (PGW), some Army personnel signed onto the VA Persian Gulf Registry (PGR) or the DOD Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program (CCEP) and reported symptoms that were, in large part, medically unexplained. Others either did not register with PGR or CCEP or did register but did not report such symptoms. This study will test the hypothesis that the patterns of seeking DOD medical care in the year before the start of the PGW differ among these groups of veterans.
Status/Results to Date: List of date- and service-eligible veterans developed with VA and the Defense Manpower Data Center. Pool of potential study population members submitted to the VA Beneficiary Identification and Records Subsystem for chart location. Extensive work, with the study's IOM advisory panel and VA research colleagues, to craft a case definition that would be defensible both scientifically and on its face. That work and continuing delays in acquiring data have altered the project timeline substantially; a request for a no-cost extension to the contract period is forthcoming.
Project:DoD-117
Agency:Department Of Defense
Location:MFUA
P.I. Name:Susan Thaul, Ph. D.
Research Type:Epidemiology
Research Focus:Symptoms & General Health
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Ongoing
Study Start Date:May 01,2000
Estimated Completion Date:June 30,2002
Specific Aims: To investigate the health records of military personnel who became ill after being deployed to the Persian Gulf War a year prior to their leaving for the Gulf. Patterns of illness and patterns of DoD outpatient care will be compared to patterns of controls.
Methodology: Identify study population of U.S. veterans whose Army active-duty service included the entire year prior to the start of the PGW and PGW deployment. Select cases (using symptoms recorded in VA or DOD registry databases that meet the multisymptom-multisystem case definition), registry controls (registrants who do not meet case definition criteria), and nonregistrant controls. Abstract medical-use data from the Service Medical Record for the one year before the start of the PGW. Compare the amount and type of pre-PGW health-care use among the case and control groups.
Most Recent Publications:
None to date.