Topic

Recommendation

Program evaluation

 

  • An evaluation should be conducted to examine: (1) the consistency of Phase I examinations across facilities; (2) the patterns of referral program from Phase I to Phase II; and (3) the adequacy of treatment provided to certain categories of patients where the potential for positive impact is great (e.g., depression).
  • DoD should develop a short-term plan for the Specialized Care Center that specifies goals and expected outcomes.

Education

 

  • DoD should explore ways to increase communication with the VA, particularly as it relates to the ongoing treatment of patients.
  • DoD should examine the provider education materials and programs developed by the VA to determine if they might serve as models for DoD approaches.
  • Education is needed to emphasize that conditions related to stress are not necessarily psychiatric conditions.
  • Education should emphasize that depression is common and treatable, and that patients with depression can continue to function.
  • CCEP information should be used to develop case studies which will help educate providers about Persian Gulf health problems.
  • DoD educational efforts should also address the concerns of Persian Gulf-deployed individuals and their families.


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