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

Ireland, Renee and Waller, Michael and MacKenzie, Alison and Peake, Jonathan and Nasveld, Peter (2014) Assessment of revised recruitment standards for asthma in the Australian Defence Force. Military Medicine, 179 (11). pp. 1384-1390. ISSN 0026-4075

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 23:47
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 02:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asthma; recruitment; mild asthmatics; health outcomes; medical attrition
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810109 Personnel
Identification Number or DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29980

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