Military Deployment Health Surveillance Policy and Its Application to Special Operations Forces
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 169, Number 1, January 2004 , pp. 1-6(6)
Abstract:An evaluation research methodology was used to determine whether deployment health surveillance for Special Operations Forces conformed with Department of Defense policy directives for the specified target population. Data for this methodology were based on pre- and postdeployment health assessments as well as patient encounters recorded during deployments. The data represented 1,094 individual and unique Special Operations Forces members deployed to 12 different countries from October 2000 through December 2001. Results from the study suggested that military deployment health surveillance policy goals for predeployment medical referrals, patient data capture, and documentation during the deployment and postdeployment medical referrals were being poorly met when Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff mandates were applied to Special Operations Forces in an unconventional operations environment. Preliminary evaluation indicates that deployment health surveillance implementation could be improved with the introduction of policy awareness education, training, and technology.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, MacDill Air Force Base, FL 33621-5323. 2: Professor of Public Health and Medicine, and Director, Florida Health Information Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612. 3: Director, National Center for Health Promotion and Disease, Veterans Affairs, Durham, NC 27705.
Publication date: January 2004
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