As mandated in Public Law 103-446, the Department of Veterns Affairs (VA) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to review its Uniform Case Assessment Protocol (UCAP) for Persian Gulf veterans. The purpose of the program is to provide a systematic, comprehensive medical protocol for the diagnosis of health problems of Persian Gulf veterans. This report is the third in a series of studies by IOM reviewing the protocols used by the VA and the Department of Defense to diagnose the health complaints of Gulf veterans. The committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning the adequacy of the medical protocol and its implementation by the VA, as well as the VA's outreach and education efforts aimed at informing Persian Gulf veterans and their care providers of the purpose and availability of this program. In addition, the report contains as appendixes the findings and recommendations of the previous reports, as well as those of two related IOM reports on Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War.
Table of Contents
|The Institute of Medicine's Persian Gulf Activities||19-20|
|The Dapartment of Veterans Affairs Persian Gulf Registry and Uniform Cse Assessment Protocol||21-28|
|Committee on the Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Uniform Case Assessment Protocol||29-32|
|Findings and Recommendations||33-50|
|References and Selected Bibliography||53-54|
|Appendix A: Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War: Initial Findings and Recommendations for Immediate Action||55-66|
|Appendix B: Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War: Recommendations for Research and Information Systems||67-78|
|Appendix C: Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Defense Persian Gulf Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program: Overall Assessment and Recommendations||79-96|
|Appendix D: Adequacy of the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program: Nerve Agents||97-104|
|Appendix E: Adequacy of the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program: A Focused Assessment||105-112|
|Appendix F: VA Phase I Protocol||113-116|
|Appendix G: VA Phase II Protocol||117-122|
|Appendix H: Persian Gulf Registry Code Sheet||123-134|
|Appendix I: VA Persian Gulf Bi-Monthly Report||135-140|
|Appendix J: Examples of Persian Gulf Registry Follow-Up Letters||141-144|
|Appendix K: VA Monitoring Instrument for Appropriate Medical Care||145-154|
|Appendix L: Annual Persian Gulf Conference Agenda||155-162|
|Appendix M: Site Visit Questions||163-166|
|Appendix N: Summary of Responses to Requests for Information||167-184|
|Appendix O: Questions Related to Traumatic Exposure||185-186|
|Appendix P: Patient Satisfaction||187-192|
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