Saturday, February 23, 2019

Public Draft of Common Data Elements Released; Aim is to Improve Gulf War Illness Treatment Research

( - Gulf War Illness treatment researchers have completed the first public draft of a project to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of GWI clinical research studies and treatment, increase data quality, facilitate data sharing and aggregation of information across studies, and help educate new clinical investigators.  

Researchers, veterans, and advocates met for several months to define Common Data Elements (CDE's) useful for research involving veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Illness. 

This project is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Gulf War Illness Research Program within the U.S. Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). 

The result is a draft document that outlines recommended standardized, validated instruments relevant to GWI research.  

Comments on this document are encouraged. Please email questions and comments regarding the project to .

*Note:  The goals of the GWI Common Data Element (CDE) initiative are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical research studies and clinical treatment, increase data quality, facilitate data sharing, and help to educate new clinical investigators.

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