Despite these interventions, concern over MHO remained high.
It was never designed to accommodate the thousand of Soldiers in MHO. Thus, when Soldiers came to the ends of their ADME orders many "fell off" their orders and sustained gaps in their pay and benefits.
The most important conclusion resulting from the think-aloud sessions with the MHOs was that the decision-making process is far from simple and straightforward.
Several rules, however, were identified from the content of the personal interviews with the MHOs. If a soldier is addicted to drugs, regulations require discharge on psychiatric grounds regardless of any other data on the soldier.
The linkage of MHOS and SEER data was accomplished by using an existing file that links persons in the SEER data to Medicare's Master Enrollment File.
To create the SEER-MHOS linked database, we took the HICNUMs from MHOS respondents and attempted to match these numbers to HICNUMs for persons in the SEER-Medicare crosswalk file.
Results indicated that across most cancer types, after adjusting for demographic differences, individuals with a cancer history have a small, but significantly higher, prevalence of most of the comorbid medical conditions measured on the MHOS. After also accounting for these medical comorbidities and the time since cancer diagnosis, results showed that cancer patients (other than those with melanoma) had significantly worse physical health compared with patients without cancer.
The current effort extends previous research using MHOS data (Baker, Haffer, and Denniston, 2003; Ellis et al., 2004; Ko and Coons, 2005), by examining associations between several types of cancer and physical and mental health.
included the SF-36[R] health survey, version 1 (Ware and Sherbourne, 1992) and we used the SF-36[R] PCS and MCS as the dependent variables in this study.
Demographic variables in the MHOS
included education, age, sex, race/ethnicity, current marital status as well as change in marital status between baseline and followup assessment.