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Psychometric Evaluation of Head Injury Among Fliers Referred to the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine.
Final rept. 1 Jun 74-1 Mar 81,
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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In support of U.S. Air Force Regulation 160-43, Medical Examination and Medical Standards, the Neuropsychiatry Branch of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine SAM maintains consultation services in neurology, psychiatry, and clinical psychology for the aeromedical evaluation of fliers. From June 1974 to March 1981, 40 consecutive cases of closed head injury accumulated in the Branch and each case received the thorough SAM Flight Medicine workup, plus psychometric and neurologic evaluations. The psychometric battery included measures of intellect, memory, neuropsychologic and personality functioning. Of the head injury referrals, 60 received waivers to resume cockpit duties and the results of their psychometric and neurologic evaluations were compared with those of fliers disqualified for flying duties. In this report are presented a summary of differences between the groups and a discussion of the apparent clinical as well as nonclinical determinants of flying status disposition after the SAM evaluation for closed head injury. Keywords include Neuropsychological test battery, and Psychometrics.
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