Seabee Health Study - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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Seabee Health Study

 

Data Sharing Statement

What's available?

Pending

Available Documentation 

Pending

Dates Data are Available 

Pending

Access Criteria 

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Study Characteristics

Objectives

To further explore increased symptom reporting among US Navy Seabees who served during the Gulf War era

Era of Service

Gulf War Era

Population

Enlisted, Reserve, and separated Navy personnel who served on active duty in Seabee commands for at least 30 consecutive days between 8/1/1990 and 7/31/1991

Study Design 

Cross-sectional survey

Time Period 

May 1997 - July 1999

Setting 

National

N

11,868 (3,831 Gulf War Seabees; 4,933 Seabees deployed elsewhere; 3,104 nondeployed Seabees)

Response Rate

68.6%

Recruitment Method    

Participants identified from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and commercial address-locator services. Participants were invited to participate via mail.

Compensation

Photograph of the Seabee Memorial in Arlington Virginia, mechanical pencil, or prepaid telephone calling card

Data Collected

  • Family and personal medical history
  • Current symptoms
  • Current health status
  • Health behaviors
  • Participation in either of the 2 federally sponsored Gulf War Veteran registries
  • Environmental exposures
  • Cognitive failures

Data Collection Methods

Survey instrument derived from previous Seabee/VA survey of Gulf War Veterans and administered by mail

Funding Source

Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)) 

Contact 

Pending

Selected Publications

Gray GC, Reed RJ, Kaiser KS, Smith TC, Gastañaga VM. Self-reported Symptoms and Medical Conditions among 11,868 Gulf War-era Veterans: The Seabee Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2002 Jun 1;155(11):1033-44.

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