|Topic:||Gulf War Veterans: Treating Symptoms and Syndromes|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Committee on Identifying Effective Treatments for Gulf War Veterans' Health Problems
Wednesday, July 25, 2001
B-372 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 10:00 a.m.
418 Russell Senate Office Bldg. -- 1:15 p.m.
Gulf War Veterans: Treating Symptoms and Syndromes
For Gulf War veterans evaluated in Veterans' Affairs and Department of Defense registries, about 80% have received readily identifiable diagnoses that explain their symptoms. For 20%, no diagnosis has been
Requested by Congress in PL 105-368, this new report from the Institute of Medicine attempts to extrapolate from what is known about treating patients in other situations, who experience similar symptoms to Gulf War veterans with unexplained symptoms, and apply it to the veterans. Approaches to evaluating treatments and recommendations for treatment are also made. Finally, the report reviews activities and research on behalf of veterans' health.
These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 26, 2001 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.