Accession Number : ADA327395

Title :   Epidemiology of Illness, Injury, and Attrition Among Select U.S. Military Female Populations.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 Nov 94-31 Jan 96,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Shaffer, Richard A.

PDF Url : ADA327395

Report Date : 01 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Evidence suggests that female military populations are at greater risk than their male counterparts for certain training and combat-related illnesses and injuries. Precise etiologies, risk factors, and impact of disease and injury in military women are not available. The objective of this prospective, multi-site, epidemiologic study is to define the patterns of illness and injury in military women. Musculoskeletal injuries have been emphasized due to their high cost in terms of morbidity, lost training time, and attrition. A computer-based outpatient tracking system for on-site, prospective data collection, originally designed for studying male trainees, was developed. This system was modified to include medical diagnoses pertinent to female personnel, and it has been implemented at (1) OCS, Quantico (USMC female officers); (2) MCRD, Parris Island (USMC enlisted women); and (3) RTC, Great Lakes (USN enlisted women). At NCRD, - Parris Island, only musculoskeletal injuries were recorded. Over 90% of female Navy recruits and Marine Corps officer candidates reported to medical at least once. Forty-nine percent of all female recruits reported at least one musculoskeletal injury during training. Incidence rates for specific diseases and injury diagnoses were presented by type of military training. Databases will be used to address morbidity and attrition issues and to target areas for future preventive interventions.

Descriptors :   *DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE), *FEMALES, *MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASES, DATA BASES, MILITARY PERSONNEL, ATTRITION, ILLNESS, DATA ACQUISITION, WOUNDS AND INJURIES, PATIENTS, EPIDEMIOLOGY, MORBIDITY.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE