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Project Summary

Title: Epidemiologic Studies of Morbidity Among Gulf War Veterans: A Search for Etiologic Agents and Risk Factors; Study 6: A Comparison of Nonfederal Hospitalization Experience Among Veterans in California who have separated from active service: PGW
Synopsis: After review of post-war hospitalizations in both federal and civilian facilities, the study compares the Gulf War-era deployed to the non-deployed veterans for greater incidence of war-related illnesses.
Overall Project Objective: To determine if there is evidence that the federal and non-federal hospitalizations rates differed among Gulf War Veterans (GWV) and nondeployed veterans (NDV) during the study period of 1 August 1991 to 31 December 1994.
Status/Results to Date: A manuscript was published in January 2000.
Project:DoD-1F
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:June 01,1995
Estimated Completion Date:September 30,1998
Specific Aims: This research addressed these questions: (1) Did the causes for hospitalization between GWV and NDV differ in (1) military and (2) nonfederal facilities? (2) Did the proportional distribution of causes for hospitalization differ during the postwar follow-up period? (3) Did morbidity patterns differ between GWV and NDV, temporally, and by type of hospital (federal vs. nonfederal)?
Methodology: The study population consisted of GWV and NDV. Their hospitalizations in Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and nonfederal California hospitals were compared for several years after the war. Adjusted proportional distributions of hospital diagnoses were compared.
Most Recent Publications:

Gray G, Smith TC, Kang HK, Knoke JD. Are Gulf War veterans Suffering War-Related Illnesses? Federal and Civilian Hospitalizations Examined, June 1991 To December 1994. American Journal of Epidemiology, 151(1):63-71. Jan 2000. Abstract

Smith TC, Gray G, Knoke JD. The postwar nonfederal hospitalization experience of U.S. veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Conference on Federally Sponsored Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Research, Arlington, Virginia, Jun 17-19, 1998. Conference