The ADVANCE Study is a collaboration between the Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR, Stanford Hall), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
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.
Watch the video below to hear from one of the ADVANCE participants about the impact ADVANCE has had on his life.
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.
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