Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 12, Number 7, October 2006
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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The force health protection strategy of the U.S. Armed Forces is designed to deploy medically ready forces, minimize illnesses and injuries during deployments, and provide care for medical conditions following deployments. In March 2005, the Department of Defense launched the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment PDHRA program to identify and respond to service member health concerns that persist for three to six months following deployment, with a specific emphasis on mental health. The PDHRA is an extension of the deployment health assessment process, which screens service members before deploying and immediately after they return from theater. Specifically, the PDHRA is intended to address health and readjustment concerns that may not become apparent until a service member has returned home to family, work, and daily life. The PDHRA program mandates that all service members who have returned from operational deployments complete an electronic or web-enabled version of the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment DD Form 2900 appendix, ideally within three to four months but up to 180 days of their return. After completing the form, the service member visits a health care provider who reviews information on the form, conducts a brief behavioral risk assessment, and refers the service member to health care or community based services for further evaluation or treatment as indicated. Data from each PDHRA is routinely sent to the Army Medical Surveillance Activity AMSA for inclusion in the Defense Medical Surveillance System DMSS. This report summarizes PDHRA data received by AMSA during a recent one-year period.
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