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Cohort Profile: The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study cohort

February, 2017
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This article examines the Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study cohort, which was established in 2000.  There was concern that some Gulf War-related exposures and experiences, such as possible exposure to depleted uranium, chemical or biological weapons, anti-biological warfare medications or smoke from burning oil wells may have resulted in health problems among Australian Gulf War veterans.  The establishment of the cohort aimed to facilitate both cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations of the health and occupational exposures of Australian Gulf War veterans and a military comparison group.

Abstract

The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study cohort was established in 2000 in response to a number of factors. These included the findings of several overseas studies which had shown that Gulf War veterans from coalition partner countries, such as the USA, UK and Denmark were reporting poorer than expected health. There was concern that some Gulf War-related exposures and experiences, such as possible exposure to depleted uranium, chemical or biological weapons, anti-biological warfare medications or smoke from burning oil wells may have resulted in health problems among Australian Gulf War veterans. In addition, there had been reports among Australian Gulf War veterans of a wide range of medical problems with no clear explanation. The establishment of the cohort aimed to facilitate both cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations of the health and occupational exposures of Australian Gulf War veterans and a military comparison group.

Full Reference

Ikin, J.F., Kelsall, H.L., McKenzie, D.P., Gwini, S.M., Forbes, A.B., Glass, D.C., McFarlane, A., 2017. Cohort Profile: The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology, 46(1), p.31.

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