Accession Number:

ADA509194

Title:

Health Status and Performance of United States Air Force Airmen Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 11 Aug 2008-10 Aug 2009

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The objectives of this study are as follows 1 determine the agreement between the Centers for Disease Control CDC definition of mild traumatic brain injury mTBI and the clinical judgment of a board-certified neurologist based upon medical records review 2 utilize a historical prospective study design in a large, well-documented population to determine the relation between mTBI and mental disorders. including depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, fatigue, headache, and dementias 3 evaluate the association between mTBI and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and epilepsy 4 evaluate the association between mTBI and endocrine dysfunction, particularly hypothyroidism, impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose, new onset diabetes mellitus and insipidus, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders, and sex hormone disorders and 5 determine the association between mTBI and measures of social functioning and well-being to include retention, disability, promotion, risk for mishaps, and health status. The study population includes all active duty U.S. Air Force men and women who served for 6 or more months from October 1, 2001 to December 31, 2007. Analyses are just beginning at this time, however, preliminary data suggest that the study will include over 540,000 Airmen, approximately 2-3 of whom will meet the CDC definition for mTBI. The results of the study will be important in furthering understanding of the possible adverse performance and health decrements associated with mTBI.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE