•Veterans of recent
military conflicts have presented to VA for outpatient and inpatient
care with a wide range of medical and psychological conditions.
•Diagnoses have encompassed more than 8,000 discrete
ICD-9 diagnostic codes.
•The three most common
diagnoses of Veterans were musculoskeletal ailments (principally
joint and back disorders), mental disorders, and “Symptoms, Signs and Ill-Defined Conditions.”
•As in other outpatient
populations, the ICD-9 diagnostic category, “Symptoms, Signs and Ill-Defined Conditions,” was commonly
reported.This is not a diagnosis of an unknown syndrome or unusual
illness. This ICD-9 code includes symptoms and clinical findings that are not coded
elsewhere.It is a diverse, catch-all category that is commonly used for the
diagnosis of outpatient populations.It encompasses more than 160 sub-categories
and primarily consists
of common symptoms that do not have an immediately obvious cause during a clinic visit or of laboratory test
abnormalities that do not point to a particular disease process and may be transient.
Cumulative from 1st
Quarter FY 2002 through 3rd Quarter FY 2011