Treatments Tried for Gulf War Illness

We are conducting a study to examine the treatments Gulf War veterans (or other veterans with similar problems) have tried to benefit their Gulf War illness symptoms. This study will seek to understand which treatments are helpful, harmful, or have no impact in controlling the symptoms of Gulf War Illness. We also wish to hear from others with similar problems to learn how treatment effects differ and identify other promising treatments.

We are enrolling a total of 400 study participants who meet the following criteria:

1.      Gulf War veterans: Veterans who were deployed to the Persian Gulf Region July 1990- August 1991 and have experienced health changes.

OR

2.      Veterans: Retired members of the military who have experienced unexplained chronic multisymptom health changes.

Study participants will complete a set of online surveys. Each addresses a different aspect of your treatment experience or symptoms, or asks about factors, like exposures, that may lead to differences in the effect of a treatment. Each survey will take approximately 0.5 – 2 hours. The surveys will consist of questions that ask about your overall heath, well-being, symptoms, exposures, treatments you have tried, as well as your healthcare experience.

You can proceed to the next survey either immediately after, or a week after, a prior survey has been completed (or specify another time to be reminded). After each survey has been completed, you will receive a $5 gift card to either Amazon.com or Starbucks (depending on your preference). The more you complete the more you will help.

If there is a chance you might be interested in participating, please contact us at (858)558-4950 x203 or x210 or email us at jbritchie@ucsd.edu or hkoslik@ucsd.edu to learn more. If you know of anyone else who might consider participating in our research study, perhaps you might be willing to pass on our contact information. We truly appreciate your participation and referrals.