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Gulf War and Health: Treatment of Chronic Multisymptom Illness


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Military and Veterans Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

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Activity Description

The IOM will convene a committee to comprehensively review, evaluate, and summarize the available scientific and medical literature regarding the best treatments for chronic multisymptom illness among Gulf War Veterans.

In its evaluation, the committee will look broadly for relevant information. Information sources to pursue could include, but are not limited to:

  • Published peer-reviewed literature concerning the treatment of multisymptom illness among the 1991 Gulf War Veteran population;
  • Published peer-reviewed literature concerning treatment of multisymptom illness among OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom), OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and New Dawn active duty Service members and Veterans;
  • Published peer-reviewed literature concerning treatment of multisymptom illness among similar populations such as Allied military personnel; and
  • Published peer-reviewed literature concerning treatment of populations with a similar constellation of symptoms.

In addition to summarizing the available scientific and medical literature regarding the best treatments for chronic multisymptom illness among Gulf War Veterans, the IOM will:

  • Recommend how best to disseminate this information throughout the VA to improve the care and benefits provided to Veterans.
  • Recommend additional scientific studies and research initiatives to resolve areas of continuing scientific uncertainty.
  • Recommend such legislative or administrative action as the IOM deems appropriate in light of the results of its review.

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