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Project Summary

Title: Epidemiologic Studies of Morbidity Among Gulf War Veterans: A Search for Etiologic Agents and Risk Factors; Study 5: Seabee Health Study
Synopsis: The study evaluates whether Gulf War veterans have a greater frequency of symptoms, illness, and tendencies for making cognitive (knowing, thinking, learning and judging) errors than other veterans.
Overall Project Objective: To study the health of Navy Seabees in relation to their deployments and the possible latent effects of Gulf War service.
Status/Results to Date: Data collection is now complete as we have information for 10,996 Seabees (65%). The nonrespondent and reliability pieces of this study have also been completed. Preliminary analyses indicate that Gulf War veterans self-report more symptoms, chronic disease, physician diagnosed illnesses, poorer health status and have an increased propensity to make cognitive errors than nondeployed veterans. It was also noted that, higher cognitive failure scores occurred among personnel who were exposed to more stressful stimuli.
Project:DoD-1E
Agency:Department Of Defense
Location:Naval Health Research Center
P.I. Name:Greg Gray, CAPT, USN
Research Type:Epidemiology
Research Focus:Symptoms & General Health
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Complete
Study Start Date:January 01,1996
Estimated Completion Date:September 30,1999
Specific Aims: 1. To determine if Gulf War Veterans have greater frequency of symptoms, illness, and propensity for making cognitive errors than other veterans; 2. to assemble a cohort for research on long-term effects of the Gulf War on morbidity.
Methodology: The proposed study is a nonconcurrent historical prospective study of all Seabees who were on active duty for at least one month between August 2, 1990 and June 30, 1991. This group of approximately 19,000 current active duty, reservists and former military personnel was identified from records of the Defense Manpower Data Center. The study subjects were mailed a survey to assess their current health status and their role (if any) in the Persian Gulf War. To evaluate reliability of information, 400 of the survey participants will be interviewed by telephone and information on health and symptomatology from routine physicals will be collected form military medical records. Bivarate and multivariate analyses will be used to identify risk factors associated with the outcomes of interest and multivariate logistic regression modeling will be applied to evaluate relationships between risk factors and the health outcomes. Development of latent chronic disease will be monitored by calculating the cumulative prevalence rates after each 5-year survey follow-up and comparing to the baseline prevalence.
Most Recent Publications:

Dlugosz LJ, Gray G, Knoke JD, Kang HK, Larson G. A prospective assessment of symptoms and illness in Gulf War Veterans: the Seabee Health Study. 1996 San Diego Statistics and Epidemiology Research Exchange, La Jolle, California, 1996. Research

Kaiser KS, Reed RJ, Gastanaga VM, Gray G. An Analysis of Morbidity with Unclear Etiology in a Population of U.S. Navy Gulf War Veterans. Conference on Federally Sponsored Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Research, 1999. Conference

Gray G, Reed RJ, Kaiser KS, Smith TC, Gastanaga VM. Self-reported symptoms and medical conditions among 11,868 Gulf War-era veterans: the Seabee Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 155(11):1033-44. Jun 2002. Abstract

Reed RJ, Kaiser KS, Gray G. The Seabee health Study: results and status after nine months of data collection. Conference on Federally Sponsored Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Research, 1998. Conference