Health services use among Gulf War veterans and Gulf War-era nondeployed veterans: A large population-based survey

Drew A. Helmer, Mindy E. Flanagan, Robert F. Woolson, Bradley N. Doebbeling

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Abstract

We sought to analyze the self-reported hospitalization, emergency department visits, and outpatient visits of Persian Gulf War (deployed; n=1896) and Persian Gulf War-era (nondeployed; n=1799) military personnel 5 years postconflict to determine whether these groups had different rates of health care use. Compared with personnel who had not been deployed, personnel who had been deployed were more likely to have visited an emergency department (25% vs 21%; odds ratio [OR]=1.24; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.06, 1.51]). Among these groups, the National Guard and Reserve personnel were more likely to have been hospitalized than were the regular military personnel (OR= 1.65; 95% CI=1.21, 2.26).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2145-2148
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume97
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 12 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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