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Economic Impact of Combat Related Injuries from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Beltsville United States

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Background In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than 59,000 US military have been wounded, with 6,800 plus dying. The economic impact of these injuries is not well quantified. Hypothesis Innovations in combat casualty care during these wars increased survival. We hypothesize that they also reduced care costs and improved outcomes for survivors. Aims The proposed study aims to 1 quantify economic impacts of combat-related injuries to US service members incurred in these conflicts, 2 evaluate outcomes of and return on investment in selected combat casualty care innovations from military, Federal government, and societal perspectives, and 3 study the effects of alterative field and transport treatment protocols on the course and outcomes of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Study Design We will build incidence, cost, and Disability-Adjusted Life Year DALY estimates from DoD, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Social Security Administration earnings databases, plus diagnosis-specific civilian data on missing cost factors.

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Technical Report,15 Mar 2016,14 Mar 2017



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