Accession Number : AD1037522


Title :   The Influence of Medical Evaluation Board Status on Symptom Reporting Among Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury


Descriptive Note : Conference Paper


Corporate Author : SAN ANTONIO MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX FORT SAM HOUSTON United States


Personal Author(s) : Lu,Lisa H ; Tsagaratos,Jennifer E ; Cooper,Douglas B ; Reid,Matthew W ; Kennedy,Jan E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1037522.pdf


Report Date : 21 Apr 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 6


Abstract : A medical evaluation board (MEB) is initiated by command to determine whether a service member (SM) with medic al condition(s) is fit or unfit to perform his or her assigned duties. The results of MEB exams are evaluated to return the SM back to duty or to medically separate him or her. Because a MEB could result in a medical discharge from the military, some SM might diminish the severity of their symptoms out of fear of being discharged. Alternatively, SM might be influenced to exaggerate his or he r symptoms in order to receive more benefits. We examined whether MEB status of SM with traumatic brain injury (TBI) influenced scores on two measures of inflated symptom reporting: The Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory (NSI) validity-10 index, which is composed of symptoms infrequently endorsed by patients with mild TBI, and the Mild Brain Injury Atypical Symptoms scale (MBIAS), which is composed of neurologically improbable symptoms following mild TBI.


Descriptors :   military personnel , brain injuries , signs and symptoms , questionnaires , scoring


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE