Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force

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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: international journal of AMSUS. 179 (11), pp. 1384-1390. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009
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Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force

ERA Journal ID40335
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsIreland, Renee (Author), Waller, Michael (Author), MacKenzie, Alison (Author), Peake, Jonathan (Author) and Nasveld, Peter (Author)
Journal TitleMilitary Medicine: international journal of AMSUS
Journal Citation179 (11), pp. 1384-1390
Number of Pages7
Year2014
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0026-4075
1930-613X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009
Web Address (URL)http://militarymedicine.amsus.org/doi/abs/10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009
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.

KeywordsAsthma; recruitment; mild asthmatics; health outcomes; medical attrition
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
440804. Defence studies
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Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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