Office of Research & Development

Research Study: Novel Interventions for Gulf War Illness

Location: VA Boston Healthcare System

Contact: Liz Weinstein (857) 364-6262

man meditatingResearchers at VA Boston are Studying Holistic, Non-Medical Treatments for Gulf War Illness

Many people who served in the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 have persistent problems such as:

  • Muscle weakness, joint pain, or stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood, memory, or attention concerns

We are recruiting adults who are experiencing these problems for a health promotion study.

Q: Who can participate?

  • Veterans who served in the Gulf in 1990- 1991 and
  • Have pain and other symptoms of Gulf War Illness.

Q: What are the treatments?

  • You will be randomly assigned to either a Wellness or Tai Chi group
  • Wellness Group: A skills based class promoting wellness by focusing on exercise, surroundings, personal growth, diet, sleep habits, relationships, spirituality, and relaxation. Mindfulness practice and goal setting are discussed in every meeting.
  • Tai Chi Group: A Tai Chi class for beginners that teaches movements, forms, and philosophy. Tai Chi is a slow moving martial art that combines flowing postures with breathing, meditation, and stretching.
  • Both groups meet twice a week for 12 weeks.

Q: What is involved in the study?

  • An initial assessment involving an interview, questionnaires and assessment of your physical and mental health
  • practicing Tai Chi A final assessment after the last session of the program
  • 3 and 9 month follow-up assessments

Q: Will I be compensated?

Yes. If you qualify and complete the study, you will receive up to $515 for your time and transportation.

Q: Where will this study take place?

This study will take place at the VA Boston Healthcare System located in Jamaica Plain.

Q: Will medications be prescribed?

No, this study does not involve medications.

Holistic, Non-Medical Treatments for Gulf War Illness

For more information contact

Liz Weinstein
(857) 364-6262

Our staff will answer any questions you may have, and help you to decide if our Novel Interventions for Gulf War Illness study is a good fit for you. If so, you will be scheduled for your first appointment. You may choose not to participate at any time.


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