Disability Evaluation Systems Analysis and Research Annual Report 2015
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD SILVER SPRING United States
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AMSARA has provided the Department of Defense with evidence-based evaluations of accession medical standards since 1996. As part of this ongoing research activity, data are collected from each services Disability Evaluation System DES. AMSARAs mission was expanded in fiscal year FY 2009 to include audits and studies of existing DES by the request of the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs. The Disability Evaluation System Analysis and Research Annual Report includes descriptive statistics on the population presenting for disability evaluation by service and describes pre-accession morbidity in this population. Brief descriptions of ongoing special studies and publications, as well as recommendations for disability evaluation and database management, are also given. This report describes analyses conducted in fiscal year 2015 of existing DES data collected for accessions and disability research through the end of FY 2014. Once approved, this report will be distributed to the USD P and R Medical Personnel Committee, the Accession Medical Standards Working Group, Disability Advisory Committee, and any other interested parties, then submitted to the Defense Technical Information Center, and posted on the AMSARA website.