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Study Topics

The questionnaire covers the following topics:

General Health:

  • Functional status, including physical and mental
  • Well-being
  • Height and weight

Health Behaviors:

  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Eating behaviors/disorders
  • Sleep duration and quality
  • Physical activity

Health Conditions and Symptoms:

  • Provider-diagnosed medical conditions
    • Examples: migraines, stomach ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, thyroid condition, cancer, heart disease, emphysema/bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
  • Physical symptoms
    • Examples: pain, headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, forgetfulness
  • Mental health assessments
    • Examples: PTSD, depression, anxiety
  • Pregnancy and infertility

Health Care Utilization and Preventive Care:

  • Outpatient and inpatient visits
  • Complementary and alternative medicine use

Life Events:

  • Stressful events (e.g. financial problems, divorce)
  • Assault (sexual and physical)
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Spouse’s deployment, return and reunion experiences
  • Military impact on work
  • Military-related relocations

Military Experiences (Dual Military):

  • Deployments and combat experiences
  • Injuries (including head injuries and Motor Vehicle Accidents/Crashes)
  • Exposures
  • Burn Pits/Smoke, Chemicals/pesticides/depleted uranium
  • Occupation
  • Status (active duty, reserve/national guard, separated/retired)

Family:

  • Family functioning (e.g. marital satisfaction, military life, spouse’s deployment)
  • Children’s behaviors and medical conditions
  • Healthcare utilization

Other:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Anger
  • Self mastery
  • Perception of the military
  • Assessment of social support

STANDARDIZED FAMILY INSTRUMENTS

Short-Form 36   Physical, mental, and functional health 
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)  Depression, anxiety, panic syndrome, binge-eating, bulimia nervosa, and alcohol abuse 
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Checklist-Civilian Version (PCL-C)   Post-traumatic stress disorder  
CAGE questionnaire  Alcohol problems 
Insomnia Severity Index (ISI)  Sleep 
Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES IV)  Family communication and satisfaction  
Quality of Marriage Index (QMI)*   Relationship with spouse 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)*   Childhood experiences 
Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)*  Behavioral screening for children  

*full inventory not used