The ADVANCE study is a ground-breaking research programme investigating the long-term physical and psychosocial health outcomes of military personnel injured in Afghanistan between 2003-2014.
The study involves a day visit to DMRC Stanford Hall, Loughborough, for a health MOT at 6 different time points across 20 years. Travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed, and participants receive £100 per visit as a thank you.
We would like to invite UK Armed Forces personnel to take part who have been selected by Defence Statistics and fit the following essential criteria:
- Aged under 50 when deployed to Afghanistan
- Aeromedically evacuated from theatre directly to a UK hospital OR matched for age, rank and role in theatre with somebody who was aeromedically evacuated
This is the last chance to take part as we are hoping to see the final 200 participants by early 2020.
To learn more about the study or to see if you are eligible to take part, please call 01509 251 500 ext 3408
About the study
The ADVANCE Study is a collaboration between the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
ADVANCE is funded by a direct LIBOR grant from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK Ministry of Defence and Help for Heroes.
The study investigates both the physical and psychosocial outcomes of battlefield casualties in the long-term, and is the first prospective cohort study in this area. Previous studies into war veterans have been done involving military personnel from the Vietnam and World Wars; they were of retrospective cross-sectional design and had inconclusive results.
Due to the world leading battlefield trauma care provided by the UK Defence Medical Services, there has been a significant increase in the survival rates of severely injured military personnel who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars in 2003-2014 – hence prompting demand for a comprehensive long-term study of the surviving casualties. ADVANCE aims to study, prospectively, the incidence of many physical and psychosocial outcomes. It will facilitate learning for future conflicts and enable appropriate support to be given to injured servicemen and their families.