Multidisciplinary treatment of persistent symptoms after gulf war service

Charles C. Engel*, Michael Roy, Daniel Kayanan, Robert Ursano

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Research suggests that individuals commonly describe persistent symptoms or syndromes after a war. After the Persian Gulf War, the Department of veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense initiated registries and expedited health care for those with Gulf War-related health concerns. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Gulf War Health Center was created in mid-1994 to contribute a continuum of care for those with Gulf War-related health problems. The purpose of this report is to describe the Gulf War Health Center's Specialized Care Program, a 3-week intensive outpatient multidisciplinary treatment program for people with persistant, disabling Gulf War-related symptoms. The program uses an evidence-based model Of multidisciplinary care employed at chronic pain centers internationally and shown to yield stable improvements in pain, mood, health care use, and return to work rates. A patient is described to illustrate hoe the program works. Finally, a Deployment Medicine Treatment Center is proposed, a multidisciplinary treatment center like the Specialized Care Program that would offer care to those with persistent, disabling symptoms after all future deployments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-208
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes


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