Health Assessment of Gulf War Veterans from Iowa - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)

Menu
Menu

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge
 

Health Assessment of Gulf War Veterans from Iowa


 

Data Sharing Statement 

What's available?

Pending

Available Documentation 

Pending

Dates Data are Available

Pending

Access Criteria 

Pending

Study Characteristics

Objectives

To assess the prevalence of self-reported symptoms and illnesses among military personnel deployed during the Persian Gulf War (PGW) and to compare the prevalence of these conditions with the prevalence among military personnel on active duty at the same time, but not deployed to the Persian Gulf War (non-PGW)

Era of Service

Gulf War Era

Population

Subjects were randomly selected from 1 of 4 study domains (PGW regular military, PGW National Guard/Reserve, non-PGW regular military, and non-PGW National Guard/Reserve), stratifying for age, sex, race, rank, and branch of military service.

Study Design

Cross-sectional survey

Time Period

September 1995 - May 1996

Setting

Iowa

N

Selected: 4,886
Completed:
3,695

Response Rate

Located participants: 91%
Eligible study participants:
76%

Recruitment Method

The Defense Manpower Data Center identified demographic and military information for 29,010 military personnel potentially eligible participants. A stratified random sample was conducted to determine final sample. Three commercial services were used to identify current addresses and telephone numbers for study participants. Introductory letters and information summaries were mailed. Within 5 to 7 days of the mailing, a call was made to the subjects to explain the study, obtain consent, and conduct the introductory telephone interview.

Compensation

None

Data Collected

  • Basic demographic information
  • Self-reported symptoms
  • Symptoms of medical illnesses
  • Psychiatric conditions

Data Collection Methods

Telephone survey

Funding Source

Iowa Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health

Contact

Pending

Selected Publication

Iowa Persian Gulf Study Group. Self-reported illness and health status among Gulf War veterans: A population-based study. Journal of the American Medical Association 1997;277:238–45.

Black DW, Doebbeling BN, Voelker MD, Clarke WR, Woolson RF, Barrett DH, Schwartz DA. Quality of life and health-services utilization in a population-based sample of military personnel reporting multiple chemical sensitivities. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1999;41:928–33.

Black DW, Doebbeling BN, Voelker MD, Clarke WR, Woolson RF, Barrett DH, Schwartz DA. Multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome: Symptom prevalence and risk factors in a military population. Archives of Internal Medicine 2000;160:1169-76.

Doebbeling BN, Clarke WR, Watson D, Torner JC, Woolson RF, Voelker MD, Barrett DH, Schwartz DA. Is there a Persian Gulf War syndrome? Evidence from a large population-based survey of veterans and nondeployed controls. American Journal of Medicine 2000;108:695–704.

More Information

Study website