(ATHENS, Ohio – June 8, 2015) A study by an Ohio University Heritage
College of Osteopathic Medicine researcher has found that many
physicians feel uncomfortable or unfamiliar dealing with
health-related exposures and risks that veterans might experience.
They also want more training to understand and identify
military-related health issues.
Nearly 150 physicians participated
in the survey. The study’s results were recently published in The
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).
“This study is important because most veterans are seen by
civilian doctors, and many veterans, especially those who have
served in areas of conflict, have unique health issues. Doctors may
not understand the terms vets use or know the right questions to ask
about specific health risks veterans might experience, such exposure
to chemical weapons, smoke or depleted uranium,” said Todd Fredricks,
D.O. (’93), an assistant professor of family medicine at the
Heritage College and the lead investigator on the study.
Read more about this story in a
press release issued by the JAOA.
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a
leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are
prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state
and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni
practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio.
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