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Project Summary

Title: Patterns of Pre-Persian Gulf War Illness and Health Care Seeking Pilot Study (See also DoD-116B; previously VA/DoD-2VB)
Synopsis: This study sought to answer the question whether there are patterns of illness and the patterns of use of the Department of Defense outpatient care during the year prior to deployment to the Persian Gulf War in personnel who subsequently developed poorly defined illnesses different from the patterns of controls.
Overall Project Objective: To answer the question whether there are patterns of illness and the patterns of use of the Department of Defense (DoD) outpatient care during the year prior to deployment to the Persian Gulf War (PGW) in personnel who subsequently developed poorly defined illnesses different from the patterns of controls?
Status/Results to Date: Approvals have been obtained from the NRC Governing Board and from the NRC Institutional Board. Permission to access records has been received from: VABIRLS, the Army Personnel Center, and the Army Surgeon General's Office (SGO). We have developed a short study protocol, produced case definitions, and created an algorithm for identifying cases from the PGHR and the CCEP as well as for controls. A database containing a record of all cases and controls has been created in Paradox and SAS. An algorithm for acquiring medical records has also been developed. A second request for claims folders has also been mailed. A registry match of records to determine those that are located at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has been completed. We have obtained over 1,100 medical records and have begun the abstracting process. It is predicted that the pilot will be completed and the data analyzed by the end of the year. No plan for a full study can be constructed until the completeness of record ascertainment by PGHR or CCEP/control status is known. Full study is underway.
Project:VA-63B
Agency:Department Of Defense
Location:Institute of Medicine/Medical Follow-Up Agency
NAS
P.I. Name:Richard N Miller, MD, M.P.H.
Research Type:Epidemiology
Research Focus:Symptoms & General Health
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Complete
Study Start Date:October 01,1996
Estimated Completion Date:December 31,1998
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 usage of DoD outpatient care will be compared to patterns of controls.
Methodology: Conducting extensive searches of relevant literature and researching various methods of obtaining medical records; Data abstraction and categorization.
Most Recent Publications:
None to date.