Accession Number:

ADA609909

Title:

A NATO Guide for Assessing Deployability for Military Personnel with Medical Conditions (Guide OTAN d'evaluation de l'aptitude medicale a la projection du personnel militaire)

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

130.0

Abstract:

Each time a military member on deployment has an exacerbation of a chronic disease that may have been reasonably foreseeable before the mission there is a potential risk to mission success, individual health, and the safety of other allied military members. Currently NATO Member Nations employ different approaches to assessing an individuals medical fitness for deployment. This guide offers frontline military physicians a rational, standardized and algorithmic approach to assessing medical fitness of individuals before deployment. If adopted as a STANAG, this guide could then be kept up-to-date through a process that allows nations to track individuals with known chronic disease who were deployed into a theatre of operations. This information, stripped of any patient-specific identifiers, could then be entered into a national andor NATO database, allowing the guide to become increasingly evidence-based, and also more accurate in quantifying the risk of exacerbation based on individual and disease characteristics, as well as the nature and length of the deployment. This additional precision and degree of confidence will aid senior medical advisors and military commanders as they make the final decision on any given deployment situation.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE