ArmeD SerVices TrAuma RehabilitatioN OutComE Study

The ADVANCE Study is an innovative study and the first of its kind in a UK military casualty population. The ADVANCE study has been set up to evaluate the clinical, biological and psychosocial outcomes of a cohort of 600 UK battlefield casualties. This 20-year cohort study will offer a uniquely comprehensive description of the long-term physical and psychosocial outcomes of blast and other battlefield trauma.

Whilst we can learn from the experiences of those who have undergone non-traumatic and non-blast amputation, it is difficult to compare results with our injured men and women because of the nature of injuries caused by IEDs. This 20-year study hopes to change this and use the knowledge acquired to help, support and plan the best care possible for present & future generations of our injured servicemen and women.

This study will look into veterans’ long-term health and welfare and learn from their challenges so that they can, where possible, support them as they are discharged from the Armed Services and try to prevent any harmful outcomes in future injured servicemen and women.

The lessons we learn and evidence we gather from their treatment and outcomes will influence and change the care and rehabilitation for all future battlefield casualties. The ADVANCE Study is funded by the Ministry of Defence and the charity, Help for Heroes. It has also received funding from the Libor fund.

The ADVANCE study is now actively recruiting, so if you are interested you can find further details on the ADVANCE website

Rea further information about the rationale for this cohort study.