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Type: Journal article
Title: Risk of adverse health outcomes associated with frequency and duration of deployment with the Australian Defence Force
Author: Bleier, J.
McFarlane, A.
McGuire, A.
Treloar, S.
Waller, M.
Dobson, A.
Citation: Military Medicine, 2011; 176(2):139-146
Publisher: Assn Military Surg US
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0026-4075
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Jonathan Bleier, Alexander McFarlane, Annabel McGuire, Susan Treloar, Michael Waller, Annette Dobson
Abstract: The operational tempo of the Australian Defence Force has increased over the last two decades. We examine the relationship between health of personnel and the frequency and duration of their deployment. Self-reported health measures (number of symptoms, Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist) were compared for people who had never deployed to those who had deployed only once and for those who had deployed at least twice with at least one deployment to East Timor and one deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq. Comparisons were also made between people who had deployed for at least one month and those who had deployed for longer periods. Frequency of deployment but not duration of deployment was associated with poorer health.
Keywords: Humans; Odds Ratio; Stress, Psychological; Health Status; Time Factors; Adult; Military Personnel; Australia; Female; Male; Young Adult; Timor-Leste
Rights: Copyright of Military Medicine is the property of Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
RMID: 0020110946
DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-10-00241
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