Monitoring the Health of Persian Gulf War Veteran Women
Author: Pierce, Penny F.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 170, Number 5, May 2005 , pp. 349-354(6)
Abstract:The Persian Gulf War imposed unique threats and stressors on our military forces. Mobilization included an unprecedented number of women, with more than 33,000 U.S. military women serving in key combat positions throughout the region. Despite their increasing numbers, little is known about the general health effects of combat exposure on women’s long-term health. Objective: The aim of the study was to assess whether the prevalence of health problems remained elevated among women deployed to the Gulf at 6 years after deployment. Methods: This comprehensive self-report survey compared the prevalence of physical health problems among 900 Air Force women deployed to the Gulf and 900 Air Force women deployed elsewhere. Results: Findings indicate that significant health problems among women deployed to the theater have persisted for an extended period and the prevalence remains statistically different from that among women deployed elsewhere during the same period of time. Conclusions: Long-term health surveillance is critical for monitoring the health and well-being of our nation’s military members. Ultimately, through this program of research, we hope to be able to determine whether there are preventable risks to women that are associated with specific military duties, deployment, occupational exposures, or combinations of these factors.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-05-01
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