Self-reported physical health status of Australian Vietnam veterans was determined 20-25 years after the war and its relation to combat was investigated.
An epidemiological cohort study of a simple random sample of Army veterans posted to Vietnam between 1964 and 1972 was conducted with personal interviews using the Australian Bureau of Statistics Health Interview Survey questionnaire to compare veterans with the Australian population and a 21-item combat exposure index used to measure the relationship of combat to physical health.
Veterans reported greater health service usage and more recent health actions than population expectations.
They also reported excess health problems in almost all recent illness disease categories except endocrine conditions and cardiovascular conditions ; only 6 of 37 chronic disease groups were not elevated compared to the population.
Adjustment for non-response changed estimates only slightly.
Combat exposure was significantly related to reports of recent and chronic mental disorders, recent hernia and chronic ulcer, recent eczema and chronic rash, deafness, chronic infective and parasitic disease, chronic back disorders and symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions.
Combat exposure may have significantly increased reports of only some health problems.
A general disposition to complain as a result of psychological conditions due to combat is not consistent with the lack of relationsh...
Mots-clés Pascal : Ancien combattant, Guerre, Vietnam, Australie, Autoperception, Santé, Epidémiologie, Asie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Veteran, War, Vietnam, Australia, Self perception, Health, Epidemiology, Asia, Oceania
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0244448
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 199608.