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Letters Legacy of Iraq war for UK service personnel

Outcomes for UK service personnel indicate high quality trauma care and rehabilitation

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 06 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4741
  1. John Etherington, director, defence rehabilitation1,
  2. Alexander N Bennett, consultant in rheumatology and rehabilitation medicine1,
  3. Rhodri Phillip, consultant in rheumatology and rehabilitation medicine1,
  4. Alan Mistlin, consultant in rheumatology and rehabilitation medicine1
  1. 1Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, Epsom KT18 6JW, UK
  1. john.etherington198{at}

Greenberg and colleagues highlight the health outcomes of the Iraq war.1 The multidisciplinary clinical teams of Headley Court have worked to enhance the outcomes of severely injured British battle casualties. Enhanced survivability has, by increasing the number of “unexpected survivors,” resulted in considerable rehabilitation challenges.

At discharge, 95% (62) of complex trauma patients are independent in all activities of daily …

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