Using the Medical Information Projection System to Organize and Present Battle Casualty Data
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Medical resource planning requires projections of the number of casualties expected during military operations. Though there is a considerable amount of archival data on casualties, this information is not generally in a format compatible with casualty rate projections. The objective of this study is to show how battle casualty data from WWII can be adapted to the Medical Information Projection system MIPS. In addition, this document presents the features of MIPS that enhance the manipulation and evaluation of data. The statistical procedures of MIPS are based on the general linear model as it applies to multiple regression and the analysis of variance. These procedures are used to calculate the magnitude of effect for the predictor variables included in the statistical model. However, statistical significance is not calculated because MIPS is designed to be used with large archival data sets that may not meet the parametric characteristics needed for accurate significance testing. After MIPS calculates the magnitude of effects for the predictor variables the user may query MIPS for data projections, in this instance, casualty estimates.
- Weapons Effects (Biological)
- Computer Systems