Military Health Policy Analytical Essay by adverbialx

Military Health Policy
Discusses a collaborative approach to military health policy for Iraq veterans and their families.
# 114287 | 3,065 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper explains that the long-term healthcare of Iraq veterans and their families is requiring more and more integrative efforts from many health disciplines especially in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related syndromes. Selecting the best model to improve both their mental and physical healthcare, the author states, has created a vigorous debate. The collaborative or integrative models, which recommend merging many health fields and the integration of science, technology and the mental-health profession, are analyzed. A complete anecdotal interview of an Iraq war veteran is also included.

Table of Contents:
What Studies Suggest About Personal vs. Environmental Causes
The Debate over Problems and the Problems of Debate: Barriers to Care and the Collaborative/Integrative Model
One-Size-Fits-All Approaches to Military Healthcare: Population-based and Collaborative Models
Barriers to Treatment
Personal, Familial and Communal Impacts of Deployment
Adolescents Reactions to a Military Oriented Family
Appendix: Interview with Mike Harrel, Army Reserve

From the Paper:

"Studies on the first Iraq war in 1991 provide helpful information as to the prevalence and range of disorders suffered by military personnel, particularly those stationed in the war zone. These personnel had higher frequency of impairments both physical and psychological, occurrences of somatic symptoms, general health decline, and "psychosocial functional impairment". Research has shown that upwards of 12%-13% of those veterans within the first few months of ending their service suffer from PTSD."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Engel, Charles C., Hyams, Kenneth C., Scott, Ken. "Managing Future Gulf War Syndromes: International Lessons and New Models of Care." Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 29. April, (2006).
  • "Kids Who Care Talk About Military Moms and Dads".Posted by: Guest Blogger The Military Health System Blog Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Retrieved on May 2nd, 2009 from <>
  • Gerry J. Gilmore | American Forces Press Service. "Innovative Brain Therapies Offer Hope to Injured Troops" Military Health System. Tuesday, March 24th, (2009).
  • Hoge, Charles W. Auchterlonie, Jennifer L. and Milliken, Charles S. Mental Health Problems, "Use of Mental Health Services, and Attrition From Military Service After Returning from Deployment to Iraq or Afganistan." American Medical Association. JAMA, Vol 295, No. 9. March 1st, (2006).
  • Hoge, Charles W. Terhakopian, Artin,. Castro, Carl A., Messer, Stephen C. and Engle, Charles C. "Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Somatic Symptoms, Health Care Visits, and Absenteeism Among Iraq War Veterans." American Journal of Psychiatry. 164:150-153, January, (2007).

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