The ADVANCE Study is a collaboration between the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR, Stanford Hall), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
At present, ADVANCE is funded by:
- A direct LIBOR grant from the Chancellor of the Exchequer
- The UK Ministry of Defence
- Help for Heroes
- The Headley Court Charity
- Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown
- Blesma – The Limbless Veterans
- Forces in Mind Trust
- The ADVANCE Charity
The study investigates both the physical and psycho-social 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 or cross-sectional design and had inconclusive results.
Due to the world-leading battlefield trauma care provided by the UK Defence Medical Services, there was a significant increase in the survival rates of severely injured military personnel who served in the Afghanistan War of 2002-2014. This necessitated a comprehensive long-term study of the surviving casualties. ADVANCE aims to study, prospectively, the incidence of a very wide variety of physical and psycho-social outcomes. It will facilitate learning for future conflicts and enable appropriate support to be given to injured servicemen and their families.