is classified as a somatoform disorder within the category of psychiatric diagnosis.
In addition, a tremendous amount of qualitative information could be used in developing case studies to help providers better understand diagnostic and treatment approaches that appear effective at improving individual patients' conditions.
The committee recommends that CCEP information be used to develop case studies that will help educate providers about Persian Gulf health problems. There are a number of ways in which these case studies could be shared including presentation during professional meetings.
There is also a need for education and communication with individuals who were deployed to the Gulf and with their families. These individuals are concerned about the potential impact of Persian Gulf deployment on their health, whether or not their health concerns will affect their military careers, their ability to obtain health insurance once they leave the service, and a number of other issues that need to be addressed.
A variety of mechanisms are available for providing such information including individual postnewsletters, the Internet, mailings to those in the Registry, and public forums. It is especially important to provide a forum for discussion each time new information is released on possible exposures. The committee recommends that DoD develop approaches to communication and education that address the concerns of individuals deployed to the Persian Gulf and their families.