HVRT Research

Current Research

1. We have just completed our first review report on mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) in Service Personnel. Download here

This report analyses:

  • the definition and classification of the condition.
  • its prevalence rates, specifically in relation to the US, the UK and Canada.
  • its markers and long-term consequences.
  • its comorbidity with other disorders.
  • approaches towards treatment.

This article cites government reports, academic papers and work by The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre Task Force. This report also includes exclusive data provided with permission from the Department of Defence Statistics at the Ministry of Defence on the number of mTBI cases among the UK military between 1st April 2008 and 31st March 2016.

The full report is freely available to download.


2. We have also just completed our first mini review report which is a comparison on the divorce rates between UK Military Personnel and civilians. Download here

This report reviews statistics from academic research, government surveys and reports. This report also includes exclusive data provided with permission from the Department of Defence Statistics at the Ministry of Defence on the divorce rates amongst war veterans who were deployed to Operations in Iraq or Afghanistan from April 2007.

The full report is freely available to download.


3. We just finished writing a review report on Non-freezing Cold Injury (NFCI). Download here.

The purpose of the report is to provide a brief summary of what is currently known about non-freezing cold injury (NFCI), with a particular focus on UK Service Personnel. The presented information has been drawn from academic research, official MoD reports and guidelines on cold weather injuries (CWI) and NFCI, including the Non-Freezing Cold Injury report, prepared by the NFCI Review Group, which is considered the most comprehensive review of the condition up to date. The present document provides information on the definition, symptoms, clinical features, pathogenesis, epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and management of the condition.

The full report is freely available to download.


Future Research

Below are some of the topics planned between August 2018 and August 2019:

  • The impact of paternal mental health on veteran children. In collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
  • Mental and physical health co-morbidities and the role of liaison psychiatry in the care of veterans.
  • The reasons for musculoskeletal injury, as well as the long term implications for those who are discharged from the Service for such conditions.

Our research agenda is regularly discussed with the MAC to enable current and relevant reviews to be conducted.

All reports will be made freely available on this page.

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