Accession Number : ADA332963

Title :   Comparative Morbidity Study of Active Duty Women Serving in Korea and Fort Lewis.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 9 Jan 95-30 Apr 96,

Corporate Author : MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA

Personal Author(s) : Gunzenhauser, Jeffrey D.

PDF Url : ADA332963

Report Date : MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : An out-patient morbidity study of health care utilization by female and male soldiers was completed in Korea and Ft. Lewis. Over 23,000 clinic visits were analyzed and rate of conditions estimated. Women in Korea had 123 visits per 1000 per week, 10% higher than women at Et. Lewis and 2.1 times higher than men in either location. Differences were observed in many diagnostic categories and were multifactorial in nature. A health survey was mailed to 4,000 soldiers in Korea and Ft. Lewis. The adjusted response rate approached 70% in most groups. Women in Korea reported diminished mental health and more clinic visits than women at Ft. Lewis, but were comparable in other measures of health status. The health status of women was significantly worse than men in nearly all measured categories. Efforts were made to obtain denominators from DMDC for a retrospective hospitalization study of active duty personnel at Et. Lewis and Korea, but these were deemed unsatisfactory in quality and the Korea analysis was deferred. A separate study was conducted concurrently on hospitalizations at Et. Lewis with another investigator, but not included here. Efforts therefore focused on the morbidity and survey studies in which the final effort was twice that estimated in the original statement of work.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH SURVEYS, ARMY FACILITIES, RESPONSE, ACTIVE DUTY, MALES, MENTAL HEALTH, OUTPATIENT CLINICS, WOMEN, UTILIZATION, FEMALES, MORBIDITY.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE