Longitudinal Study of the Health Status of U.S. Navy Combat Pilots.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Results of this longitudinal study identified several diagnoses that differentiated among four groups os U.S. Navy pilots 3,043 pilots with more than 275 combat hours HCH, 2,792 with less than 275 combat hours LCH, 79 repatriated prisoner of war combat pilots, and a control sample of 4,475 noncombat pilots. During the first 5-year period after combat, pilots in the control group had the highest total hospitalization rate and the highest rates for several diagnostic categories. Returned prisoners of was had an elevated rate for a cluster of parasitic diseases. During the 5-9 year period after combat, LCH pilots had higher Hospitalization rates than controls for the category of accidental injuries and the subcategory of aviation-related injuries controls had the highest rate of respiratory diseases. Ten years after combat both combat pilot groups had significantly higher total hospitalization rates than controls. No specific disease was shown to be attributable to the combat experience in pilots. Keywords Mortality rates Morbidity rates.
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