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.