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General
Project Summary

Title: VA National Survey of Persian Gulf Veterans - Phase II
Synopsis: This is phase two of the VA survey study (VA 2) which includes telephone interviews to determine the prevalence of symptoms in veterans that did and did not serve in the Gulf.
Overall Project Objective: To estimate prevalence of various symptoms and other health outcomes for Persian Gulf War veterans.
Status/Results to Date: The combined Phase I and Phase II data analysis is completed.
Project:VA-2B
Agency:Department Of Veterans' Affairs
Location:VAMC Washington
P.I. Name:Han K Kang, Dr.
Research Type:Epidemiology
Research Focus:Symptoms & General Health
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Complete
Study Start Date:June 01,1996
Estimated Completion Date:March 01,1999
Specific Aims: To estimate and compare prevalence of various symptoms, medical conditions, and unexplained illnesses in Persian Gulf war veterans and those of non-Persian Gulf veterans.
Methodology: A population-based health survey. Several studies are currently underway that investigate the incidence, prevalence, and nature of illnesses in Gulf War veterans. The National Health Survey of Persian Gulf Veterans and Their Family Members is conducted in three phases. In this Phase II, telephone interviews were attempted on all non-respondents using a CATI questionnaire which includes a question on reasons for refusal. Efforts to obtain the telephone interview were successful in 5,116 Gulf veterans and controls increasing the overall response rate to 70%. Telephone interviews with non-respondents will assist in assessing potential non-respondent bias and will supplement the postal survey data. In addition, during Phase II, selected self-reported data collected by the postal questionnaire will be validated through records review for 2,000 veterans from each group. Phase II data collection was completed in October 1998.
Most Recent Publications:

Kang HK, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Murphy FM, Simmens S, Young H, Levine PH. Evidence for a Deployment-related Gulf War Syndrome by Factor Analysis. Archives of Environmental Health, 57(1):61-8. Jan-Feb 2002. Abstract

Kang HK, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Magee CA, Murphy FM. Illnesses Among United States Veterans of the Gulf War: A Population-Based Survey of 30,000 Veterans. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 42(5):491-501, May 2000. Abstract

Kang HK, Natelson BH, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Murphy FM. Post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness among Gulf War veterans: a population-based survey of 30,000 veterans. American Journal of Epidemiology, 157(2):141-8. Jan 2003. Abstract

Kang HK, Magee CA, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Murphy FM, Jackson L, Matanoski G. Pregnancy outcomes among U.S. Gulf War veterans: a population-based survey of 30,000 veterans. Ann Epidemiol, 11(7):504-11, 2001. Abstract