SUMMARY OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH RELATED TO OEF AND OIF POPULATIONS
Table D.1 lists federally funded research related to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) populations, including completed studies, ongoing studies, and studies that had missing or incomplete information such that the committee was unable to determine their status. The table is incomplete due to the difficulty in finding some of the information; however, it provides the reader with an idea of the breadth of the numerous studies that are being conducted and/or funded by the U.S. government.
TABLE D.1 Summary of Federally Funded Research Related to OEF and OIF Populations
|End Date||Title||Study Population and Methods||Principle Investigator/Sponsor|
|2008-04||Evaluation of Two Telehealth Interventions Targeting PostTrauma Stress in Combat Veterans: Comparing Mindfulness and Psychoeducation||The study targeted newly returned veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Specifically, researchers compared the relative efficacy of an alternative therapeutic approach, a mindfulness-based treatment, with a psychoeducation treatment in reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more generalized psychiatric symptoms, while increasing quality of life. Of note, both treatment conditions consisted of two in-person sessions and six brief, weekly telephone calls. Participants were 58 veterans (29 per condition) recruited from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System. Assessment occurred before and after the delivery of the intervention. It was hypothesized that while both treatments will result in improved outcomes the mindfulness intervention will promote more healing than the psychoeducation intervention (Final N = 33).||Barbara L. Niles (principal investigator)/VA|
|2008-09||Tracking OEF/OIF Transition from DOD to VA||The primary objectives of the study were to establish the feasibility of Department of Defense (DOD)-to-VA protected health information transfer on a local level, and to assess the rate of transition to VA from Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) for the cohort of BAMC patients seen during fiscal year (FY) 2002-FY2007. Cohort included 994 OEF/OIF seriously wounded warriors cared for at and discharged from BAMC during FY2002-FY2006.||Laurel Anne Copeland, VA South Texas Health Care System/VA|
|2009-03||Evaluation of Polytrauma Brain Injury Rehabilitation Transitional Program||Objectives of this 6-month evaluation using multimethods were to (1) identify learning needs (skills, knowledge, attitudes) of providers in the transitional program at one VA Medical Center (VAMC) as perceived by staff as well as patients and family members; (2) determine the content and processes of an educational program to meet the needs of providers; and (3) determine feasibility, test burden, and content validity of a battery of outcome measures for patients and families.||Steven G. Scott, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital/VA|
|2009-04||Treatment of Insomnia in Military Veterans: Phase 1||A 4-week behavioral treatment that targets chronic insomnia (lasting >1 month) was tested in 12 service members returning from OEF/OIF.||Anne Germain, University of Pittsburgh|
|2009-05||Rural/Urban Differences in Service Utilization Among OIF/OEF Veterans||Data from the OEF/OIF registry and the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 16 data warehouse were used to identify OEF/OIF veterans (n = 32,164) who were enrolled in VISN 16 since September 11, 2001. Demographic, service use, alcohol use disorders, depression and PTSD screening, and pharmacy records were extracted for the 6 months following the index dates for VA first encounter.||Teresa J. Hudson, PharmD Central Arkansas VHS, Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center/VA|
*The committee was not able to accurately group these studies into the other two categories.