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Defense Health Care: Quality Assurance Process Needed to Improve Force Health Protection and Surveillance

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Technical Report

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United States General Accounting Office Washington United States

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Following the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, many servicemembers experienced health problems that they attributed to their military service in the Persian Gulf. However, a lack of servicemember health and deployment data hampered subsequent investigations into the nature and causes of these illnesses. Public Law 105-85, enacted in November 1997, required the Department of Defense DOD to establish a system to assess the medical condition of servicemembers before and after deployments. GAO was asked to determine whether 1 the military services met DODs force health protection and surveillance requirements for servicemembers deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom OEF in Central Asia and Operation Joint Guardian OJG in Kosovo and 2 DOD has corrected problems related to the accuracy and completeness of databases reflecting which servicemembers were deployed to certain locations.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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