The Recruit Assessment Program: A program to collect comprehensive baseline health data from U.S. military personnel

Kenneth C. Hyams, Drue H. Barrett, David Duque, Charles C. Engel, Karl Friedl, Gregory Gray, Beverly Hogan, Gerald Kaforski, Frances Murphy, Robert North, James Riddle, Margaret A.K. Ryan, David H. Trump, James Wells

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Abstract

Pilot testing has begun on the Recruit Assessment Program (RAP). The RAP is a proposed Department of Defense (DoD) program for the routine collection of baseline demographic, medical, psychosocial, occupational, and health risk factor data from all U.S. military personnel at entry into the armed forces. The RAP currently uses an optically scannable paper questionnaire, which will provide data for the first building block of an electronic medical record within the DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The RAP will serve several important functions, including automating enrollment into the military health care system, improving patient care and preventive medicine efforts, and providing critical data for investigations of health problems among military personnel and veterans. If the feasibility of the RAP is demonstrated and the program is fully implemented throughout the DoD, it could provide a substantial improvement in health care delivery. For the first time, DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs physicians, public health officers, and researchers will have access to comprehensive baseline health status data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-47
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume167
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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