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The Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort: Study Design and Protocol

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Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta University, Augusta, GA 30912, USA
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Applied Health Sciences Program, Augusta University, Augusta, GA 30912, USA
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Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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Research Service, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA 02130, USA
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Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, College of Allied Health Sciences, Augusta University, Augusta, GA 30912, USA
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Uniformed Services University Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
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Henry M. Jackson Foundation at the Uniformed Services University Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
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Department of Population Health Sciences, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, GA 30912, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2423; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072423
Received: 17 February 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 1 April 2020 / Published: 2 April 2020
Military service and deployment affect women differently than men, underscoring the need for studies of the health of women veterans and their receipt of health care services. Despite the large numbers of women who served during the 1990–1991 Gulf War, few studies have evaluated Gulf War illness (GWI) and other medical conditions specifically as they affect women veterans of the 1991 Gulf War. The objectives of the Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort study are: (1) to establish the Gulf War women’s cohort (GWWC), a large sample of women veterans who served in the 1990–1991 Gulf War and a comparison group of women who served in other locations during that period; and (2) to provide current, comprehensive data on the health status of women who served during the 1990–1991 Gulf War, and identify any specific conditions that affect Gulf War women veterans at excess rates. The study will utilize both existing datasets and newly collected data to examine the prevalence and patterns of Gulf War Illness symptoms, diagnosed medical conditions, reproductive health, birth outcomes and other health issues among women who served during the Gulf War. The Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort study will address the need for information about the comprehensive health of women veterans who were deployed to the Gulf War, and other wars during the Gulf War era. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gulf War; Gulf War illness; chronic multisymptom illness; veterans; women Gulf War; Gulf War illness; chronic multisymptom illness; veterans; women
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Ansa, B.E.; Sullivan, K.; Krengel, M.H.; Heboyan, V.; Wilson, C.; Iobst, S.; Coughlin, S.S. The Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort: Study Design and Protocol. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2423. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072423

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Ansa BE, Sullivan K, Krengel MH, Heboyan V, Wilson C, Iobst S, Coughlin SS. The Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort: Study Design and Protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2423. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072423

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Ansa, Benjamin E., Kimberly Sullivan, Maxine H. Krengel, Vahé Heboyan, Candy Wilson, Stacey Iobst, and Steven S. Coughlin 2020. "The Gulf War Women’s Health Cohort: Study Design and Protocol" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 7: 2423. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072423

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