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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans report symptoms consistent with chronic multisymptom illness one year after deployment

Lisa M. McAndrew, PhD, et al.

We used data from a prospective longitudinal study of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) Veterans to determine the frequency of symptoms consistent with chronic multisymptom illness (CMI). CMI is characterized by multiple chronic symptoms. We found that 1 yr postdeployment, 49.5 percent of OIF/OEF Veterans met criteria for mild to moderate CMI and 10.8 percent met criteria for severe CMI. Veterans with symptoms consistent with CMI reported significantly worse physical health function than Veterans who did not report symptoms consistent with CMI. This study suggests that the presence of CMI should be considered in the evaluation of OIF/OEF Veterans.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0255

Volume 53 Number 1, 2016
   Pages 59 — 70


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
McAndrew LM, Helmer DA, Phillips LA, Chandler HK, Ray K, Quigley KS. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans report symptoms consistent with chronic multisymptom illness one year after deployment. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(1): 59–70.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0255
ORCID/ResearcherID: L. Alison Phillips, PhD: 0000-0003-1126-1559; Karen S. Quigley, PhD: 0000-0001-8844-990X/B-9003-2013
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