McLeod report on health of children of veterans 2001

THE HEALTH NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN OF OPERATION GRAPPLE AND VIETNAM VETERANS

A Critical Appraisal Undertaken for the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, Ministry of Defence AUGUST 2001

Deborah McLeod, PhD, DPH Donna Cormack, MA General Practice Department, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago Tai Kake, BSc (Hons 1), Cochrane Fellow 2000 Research Consultant General Practice Department Report No. 4, August 2001

ABSTRACT:

The purpose of this report has been to:

ƒ Conduct a comprehensive and critical review of all available international research on the health of Vietnam and nuclear test veterans’ children;

ƒ Consider that research within the New Zealand context;

ƒ Identify the range of health conditions (if any) for which there is an elevated risk for the children of veterans;

ƒ Identify the health care needs of those identified conditions; and

ƒ Evaluate the various models of care for the identified conditions.

The literature has been reviewed systematically. The primary focus was on studies of veterans’ children. However, the directly relevant literature was limited and the review was extended to include studies of paternal occupational and environmental exposures to provide some additional information.


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