The ADVANCE study is a long-term outcome study investigating the effects of combat trauma on British military personnel from the Afghanistan war on various different medical and psychosocial outcomes. For scientific reasons the difficult decision was made to make this a male only cohort study and this was agreed by the research ethics committee. This was because there were only very few female UK military combat casualties in Afghanistan meaning that no scientific or clinically meaningful and translatable results could be drawn by studying this small female subgroup. Furthermore, as females are physiologically different from males, it would not make clinical sense to combine the injured servicewomen with the male cohort.
If you are a UK female combat casualty and would like information, updates and results from the ADVANCE Study please contact us using the Contact form and we will ensure these are sent to you.