Attitudes and Beliefs of Deployed United States Military Medical Personnel about Providing Healthcare for Iraqi Patients

Alan L Peterson, Brian A. Moore, Cynthia A. Lancaster, William C. Isler, Monty T. Baker, Richard J. McNally, Jim Mintz, Jeremy S. Joseph, John C. Moring, Elizabeth M. Cedillos, Iman Williams Christians, Brett T. Litz

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Abstract

This study surveyed 1,129 U.S. military medical personnel deployed to a combat support hospital in Iraq regarding their attitudes and beliefs about providing healthcare to Iraqi National Guard, civilian, and security detainee patients. A significant percentage of military medical personnel reported they were comfortable treating Iraqi patients. However, a notable proportion indicated discomfort in this role, especially when interacting with security detainees. Nearly half of the medical personnel did not feel adequately prepared or trained for this role. U.S. military medical personnel may benefit from enhanced predeployment cultural education and training tailored to care for the local civilian patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-150
Number of pages9
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019

Keywords

  • combat support hospital
  • cultural sensitivity
  • deployed military
  • ethics
  • healthcare
  • Iraqi patients
  • medical
  • Military
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • predeployment training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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    Peterson, A. L., Moore, B. A., Lancaster, C. A., Isler, W. C., Baker, M. T., McNally, R. J., Mintz, J., Joseph, J. S., Moring, J. C., Cedillos, E. M., Williams Christians, I., & Litz, B. T. (2019). Attitudes and Beliefs of Deployed United States Military Medical Personnel about Providing Healthcare for Iraqi Patients. Military Behavioral Health, 7(2), 142-150. https://doi.org/10.1080/21635781.2018.1491908