Health status of Persian Gulf War veterans : self-reported symptoms, environmental exposures and the effect of stress.
Background Most US troops returned home from the Persian Gulf War (PGW) by Spring 1991 and many began reporting increased health symptoms and medical problems soon after.
This investigation examines the relationships between several Gulf-service environmental exposures and health symptom reporting, and the role of traumatic psychological stress on the exposure-health symptom relationships.
Methods Stratified, random samples of two cohorts of PGW veterans, from the New England area (n=220) and from the New Orleans area (n=71), were selected from larger cohorts being followed longitudinally since arrival home from the Gulf.
A group of PGW-era veterans deployed to Germany (n=50) served as a comparison group.
The study protocol included questionnaires, a neuropsychological test battery, an environmental interview, and psychological diagnostic interviews.
This report focuses on self-reported health symptoms and exposures of participants who completed a 52-item health symptom checklist and a checklist of environmental exposures.
Results The prevalence of reported symptoms was greater in both Persian Gulf-deployed cohorts compared to the Germany cohort. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Militaire, Guerre, Ancien combattant, Golfe Persique, Stress, Difficulté psychologique, Santé, Santé et environnement, Exposition, Toxicité, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Prévalence, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Santé physique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Military, War, Veteran, Persian Gulf, Stress, Psychological difficulty, Health, Health and environment, Exposure, Toxicity, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Prevalence, Human, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0085031
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 31/05/1999.