Annual Medical Evaluation

The ongoing retrospective longitudinal study is based on the annual medical and neuropsychological evaluation parameters of the Original POW Studies Charter. The medical and psychological information are provided to the repatriated POWs to aid in their routine health maintenance and disability documentation.

 

The extensive evaluation includes:

  • Comprehensive routine lab screening testing
  • 12-Lead Electrocardiogram and 10 sec Rhythm Strip
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Chest X-ray
  • Bone density scan
  • Extended History and Physical evaluation
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Ophthalmology evaluation
  • Otolaryngology evaluation
  • Neurological consultation
  • Orthopedic consultation
  • Dermatological consultation

Depending on a particular study design, other parameters were added for that study.  They included:

  • MRI
  • Graded Exercise Test
  • Echocardiograms
  • Carotid and abdominal ultrasounds
  • 12-hour urine tests
  • Telomeres
  • Insulin levels

The benefit in the longitudinal study goes far beyond taking care of the immediate needs of these national heroes.

  • Lessons learned used extensively today in S.E.R.E. (i.e., Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape) training
  • Information developed used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for presumptive diagnoses
  • Research in the area of stress will ultimately be used to guide selection and training of personnel for high stress environments
  • Provide insights into basic disease processes
  • Collaborative research good for the Command, Navy Medicine, Navy, and Department of Defense
  • Training for medical department personnel of all Services assigned to operational billets who might be involved in the repatriation process