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Study: Many doctors feel unprepared to identify and treat military-related health conditions

(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.

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