Post-deployment health reassessment is critical

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers complete the Army’s PDHRA, which helps maximize unit personnel readiness and examines physical and behavioral health concerns associated with deployment. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers complete the Army’s PDHRA, which helps maximize unit personnel readiness and examines physical and behavioral health concerns associated with deployment. (Courtesy Photo)

Department of the Army
News Release

Tool uses participation to ID real health concerns

WASHINGTON — The Army’s Post-Deployment Health Reassessment, or PDHRA, is a critical Army and commanders’ tool that promotes the health and well-being of Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians.

As a comprehensive health screening, PDHRA helps maximize unit personnel readiness and examines physical and behavioral health concerns associated with deployment.

Conducted 90-180 days post-deployment, PDHRA supports the early identification of health issues, prioritizes the treatment of potentially serious conditions and promotes Soldiers’ well-being and operational readiness.

All Soldiers and DA civilians who deploy outside the continental U.S., for 30 days or more, to a location with a non-fixed military treatment facility, must complete the PDHRA.

The PDHRA includes three, six-month post-deployment resilience training sessions; a self-assessment; and a confidential, one-on-one conversation with a health care provider. The reassessment is completed once a health care provider signs off on the PDHRA.

PDHRA offers Soldiers and DA civilians an opportunity to proactively identify and, if necessary, treat deployment-related health concerns that may negatively impact daily, family, career and future life.

The PDHRA program was launched in 2005 as the final phase of deployment cycle support. Unit commanders and staff educate Soldiers and DA civilians about the PDHRA and manage the program. Commanders then work with installation, state and regional PDHRA coordinators to schedule screenings and monitor compliance.

Research indicates that commanders who actively and regularly discuss PDHRA and its importance can positively influence honest participation, which could lead to early identification of health concerns.

Commanders and staff are encouraged to promote the positive impact PHDRA can have on Soldier well-being and personnel readiness. Personnel should work in partnership with medical staff to ensure the PDHRA is coordinated and promoted through completion.

The PDHRA is beneficial to both the Army at large and its personnel, as it promotes Soldier well-being, identifies potentially non-deployable health-related conditions and maximizes unit operational readiness.

Visit www.pdhra.army.mil to learn more about the program.

 

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