Report at a Glance
No 'One Size Fits All' Approach to Vets' Chronic Multisymptom Illness; Treatment Should Be Tailored to Each Individual, Involve Team-Based Approaches
There is no single therapy or universal treatment approach that will help all veterans experiencing chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should customize care with an array of therapies tailored to each former service member's needs, said the committee that wrote the report.
VA should harness the potential of existing programs such as post-deployment patient-aligned care teams (PD-PACTS) to improve CMI care, the report added. The department should also pursue a new strategy of creating "CMI champions" to help its health care providers better serve patients with complex symptoms and needs, the committee said.