Navigation Links
Nonmilitary More Likely to Return to War Zone After Psych Condition
Date:2/14/2011

MONDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Among those who served in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and who were evacuated due to a psychiatric condition, nonmilitary members were more likely than military personnel to return to duty, new research shows.

Nonmilitary personnel -- including diplomats, private contractors and Department of Defense civilians -- account for about 50 percent of U.S. personnel serving in Iraq and about two-thirds of those in Afghanistan.

"Nonmilitary personnel play an increasingly critical role in modern wars," Dr. Steven P. Cohen, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues wrote in their report published Feb. 14 in CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Their study looked at 2,155 nonmilitary members who were evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2007. Injuries were categorized as either non-war-related (such as non-cardiac chest pain or circulatory disorders) or war-related (such as combat-related, traumatic brain injury or psychiatric).

The researchers found that 75 percent of medically evacuated nonmilitary personnel did not return to duty and were less likely to return to duty after war-related injuries. But nonmilitary personnel were more likely than military personnel to return to duty after being evacuated for health problems not related to war or after being evacuated with a psychiatric illness.

"The observation that military personnel were more likely to be evacuated with war-related injuries, and nonmilitary members with non-war-related injuries, was not unexpected," Cohen and colleagues wrote.

"What was surprising was that the principal contributor to this disparity was the higher evacuation rates among military personnel than among nonmilitary personnel because of psychiatric diagnoses (9.1 percent versus 2.1 percent). This effect was amplified by the fact that military personnel were less likely than nonmilitary members to return to duty after evacuation because of a psychiatric condition."

Because "nonmilitary members are expected to play an increasingly prominent role in future military operations, recognizing the types of medical conditions they experience may be useful in implementing preventive measures and treatment strategies," the researchers concluded.

More information

The U.S. Deployment Health Clinical Center addresses a wide range of deployment-related health conditions and concerns.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, news release, Feb. 14, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Women More Likely to Fail Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
2. News brief: Benefit of HPV Vaccination, Frequent Screening for Women over 41 is Likely to be Low
3. Chemical tags likely to affect metabolism, cancer development
4. Happy People More Likely to Try Something New
5. Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; Florida HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
6. Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; Massachusetts HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
7. Midlife crisis: Unmarried older women twice as likely to lack health insurance, study shows
8. Virus Unlikely to Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
9. Blacks less likely to know they have heart condition or to use treatment for it, says Mayo Clinic
10. SDI Reports: Nearly a Third Of Physicians Use Handheld and Smartphone Devices to Access Medical Information - Physicians Most Likely to be Using Apple iPhone
11. Chocolate May Make Some Strokes Less Likely
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Nonmilitary More Likely to Return to War Zone After Psych Condition
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the ... several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern ... Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He ... Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a ... such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain ... following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of ... AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty ... Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. ... and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... VEGAS , June 26, 2016 ... to value-based care operating models within the health care ... enable greater financial efficiency , Deloitte offers a ... the key business issues impacting efficient cost optimization: labor ... , These services facilitate better outcomes and better ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... BEIJING , June 24, 2016 Dehaier ... or the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical ... China , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with ... as "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to ... Under the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: