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Chapter: Appendix O: Questions Related to Traumatic Exposure

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix O: Questions Related to Traumatic Exposure." Institute of Medicine. 1998. Adequacy of the VA Persian Gulf Registry and Uniform Case Assessment Protocol. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6084.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix O: Questions Related to Traumatic Exposure." Institute of Medicine. 1998. Adequacy of the VA Persian Gulf Registry and Uniform Case Assessment Protocol. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6084.
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Appendix O Questions Related to Traumatic Exposure How many times did you see someone dying or being killed? 2. How many times did you see dead bodies of enemy soldiers? 3. How many times did you see bizarre disfigurement of bodies that resulted from wounds? 4. Did you lose a close friend in the war? 5. Did you observe anything you would consider excessively violent or brutal, even for wartime, such as mistreatment of prisoners or mutilation of bodies? 6. Did you participate in anything you would consider excessively violent or brutal, even for wartime? 7. Were you ever physically forced to have sex while deployed? ~ A ~ J 8. Were you ever sexually molested (touched or fondled) against your will while deployed? 9. Did you ever feel that you were being harassed sexually while deployed? Please describe any other experiences that occurred during deployment in the Persian Gulf that you found extremely stressful and/or upsetting. What was the single most upsetting thing that happened to you while you were deployed in the Gulf? 185

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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.

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