Force Health Protection and Readiness Post-Deployment Health Assessment (PDHA) and Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) Program
Purpose and Goals Clinical Focus Program Evaluation/Outcomes Target Population EBPs
  • To review each service’s member’s current health, mental health/substance abuse or psychosocial issues commonly associated with deployments, special medications taken during deployment, possible deployment-related occupational/environmental exposures, and to discuss| deployment related health concerns. Positive responses require use of supplemental assessment tools and/or referrals for medical consultation. The provider documents concerns available to help resolve any post-deployment issues.
  • The new DoD policy mandates pcrson-to-pcrson mental health assessments prior to deployment and then three times after return from deployment. These assessments include use of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (AUDIT-Q, as well as intervention by a primary care provider, based on the number of positive responses made by the Service member on the AUDIT-C.
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Comprehensive quality assurance program
  • Active Duty
  • Reserve
  • National Guard

NOTE: ADSM = active duty service member; AUDICT-C = Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption; DoD = Department of Defense; EBP = evidence-based practice; N/A = not applicable; PHA = periodic health assessment.

*In the Air Force, all service members are assessed for hazardous drinking and alcohol abuse and dependence based on the AUDIT-C.

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