Prevalence of chronic fatigue and chemical sensitivities in gulf registry veterans.
More than 68 000 of the 700 000 veterans of the Gulf War have become members of the Veteran Affairs'Gulf War Registry.
In 1995, we undertook a questionnaire study of the symptoms and medical histories reported by a randomly selected subsample of 1 935 of these veterans to characterize their complaints.
All results reported were based on questionnaire responses without face-to-face evaluation or physical examinations.
Inasmuch as initial registry symptoms overlapped those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, we also included standard questions for these syndromes in the questionnaire.
A total of 1 161 (60%) individuals responded, and there were no major demographic biases ; therefore, 15.7% of registry veterans qualified for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in accordance with the 1994 Centers for Disease Control definition.
In addition, 13.1% qualified for multiple chemical sensitivities in accordance with a widely used definition, and 3.3% of the respondents had both conditions.
There were no effects of gender, race, branch, duty status (active or reserve), or rank, although Multiple Chemical Sensitivities was somewhat more prevalent in women and African Americans. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Ancien combattant, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme, Questionnaire, Epidémiologie, Santé, Symptomatologie, Fatigue chronique syndrome, Sensibilité chimique multiple, Guerre du Golfe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Veteran, United States, North America, America, Human, Questionnaire, Epidemiology, Health, Symptomatology, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Multiple chemical sensitivity
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0509769
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 22/03/2000.