The postwar hospitalization experience of U.S. Veterans of the Persian Gulf War.
Background Since the Persian Gulf War ended in 1991, many veterans of that conflict have reported diverse, unexplained symptoms.
To evaluate the health of Gulf War veterans, we studied their postwar hospitalization experience and compared it with that of other military personnel serving at the same time who did not go to the Persian Gulf.
Methods Using a retrospective cohort approach and data from Department of Defense hospitals, we studied hospitalizations of 547,076 veterans of the Gulf War who were serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and 618,335 other veterans from the same era who did not serve in the Persian Gulf.
Using multivariate logistic-regression models, we analyzed risk factors for hospitalization both overall and in 14 broad diagnostic categories during three periods from August 1991 through September 1993 (a total of 45 comparisons).
Results After the war, the overall odds ratio for hospitalization of the Gulf War veterans was not higher than that of the other veterans, even after adjustment for selection effects related to deployment.
In 16 of the 42 comparisons involving specific diagnoses, the risk of hospitalization among Gulf War veterans differed significantly from that among other veterans. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Guerre, Golfe Persique, Evaluation, Symptomatologie, Physiopathologie, Militaire, Etude statistique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : War, Persian Gulf, Evaluation, Symptomatology, Pathophysiology, Military, Statistical study, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0033525
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 21/05/1997.