Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian defence force

Ireland, Renee, Waller, Michael, MacKenzie, Alison, Peake, Jonathan and Nasveld, Peter (2014) Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian defence force. Military Medicine, 179 11: 1384-1390. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009

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Author Ireland, Renee
Waller, Michael
MacKenzie, Alison
Peake, Jonathan
Nasveld, Peter
Title Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian defence force
Journal name Military Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-4075
1930-613X
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009
Open Access Status
Volume 179
Issue 11
Start page 1384
End page 1390
Total pages 7
Place of publication Bethesda, MD United States
Publisher Association of Military Surgeons of the U S
Language eng
Abstract Objective: To assess the impact of relaxed asthma recruitment standards adopted by the Australian Defence Force in 2007. Methods: A retrospective audit was conducted on clinical and administrative data for recruits, with and without mild asthma, in their first year of service. Results: There was no evidence that mild asthmatics experienced worse outcomes than nonasthmatic recruits. Mild asthmatics had fewer illnesses and restricted duty days and were less costly compared to other recruits. There was no difference in the rate of discharge ( attrition) between those with and without mild asthma. Conclusions: The revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force have not resulted in unanticipated medical or administrative costs to the organization. Health and administrative outcomes differed little between mild asthmatics and nonasthmatic recruits in their first 12 months of service.
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Objective: To assess the impact of relaxed asthma recruitment standards adopted by the Australian Defence Force in 2007.

Methods: A retrospective audit was conducted on clinical and administrative data for recruits, with and without mild asthma, in their first year of service.

Results: There was no evidence that mild asthmatics experienced worse outcomes than nonasthmatic recruits. Mild asthmatics had fewer illnesses and restricted duty days and were less costly compared to other recruits. There was no difference in the rate of discharge (attrition) between those with and without mild asthma.

Conclusions: The revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force have not resulted in unanticipated medical or administrative costs to the organization. Health and administrative outcomes differed little between mild asthmatics and nonasthmatic recruits in their first 12 months of service.
Keyword Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DOOH001/2005
Institutional Status UQ

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