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Medical News & Perspectives
February 20, 2013

Veterans’ Complex Chronic Illness Requires Personalized Care, Says IOM

JAMA. 2013;309(7):646. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.732

Chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), a constellation of complex health problems that affects hundreds of thousands of US military veterans, requires personalized care that is most effective when provided by a team of health professionals, according to a recent report.

In the latest of its congressionally mandated reports on veterans' health following their service in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined CMI as having symptoms lasting 6 months or longer in at least 2 of 6 categories: fatigue, mood and cognition, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and neurologic (http://tinyurl.com/bkmt64f).