Factors Affecting Return to Work Among OEF/OIF Veterans With Polytrauma

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of Florida
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00872690
First received: March 27, 2009
Last updated: July 3, 2014
Last verified: July 2014
  Purpose

The goal of this study is to examine things that make it easy or hard for OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma to live independently or do things "on their own" at home and in the community.


Condition
Multiple Trauma
Blast Injuries
Brain Injuries

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Factors Affecting Return to Work Among OEF/OIF Veterans With Polytrauma

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Single, in-depth qualitative interviews [ Time Frame: Single administration ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Demographic Checklist [ Time Frame: Single administration ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 36
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2014
Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Group 1
OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma who have been referred by the Tampa VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) to the VA VR&E Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida for Chapter 31 (IL) services.
Group 2
Caregivers of the veterans who enroll in the study
Group 3
Florida-based Independent Living Service Providers affiliated with the Florida Regional Office of the Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service who have experience serving OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) identifies employment as a priority issue for OEF/OIF veterans. However, OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma represent a new and unique VA sub-population. Polytraumatic injuries are more complex than injuries sustained in any previous conflict. Returning to work, therefore, may prove especially challenging. Among individuals with severe disabilities, employment outcomes are closely tied to the individual's level of success with Independent Living (IL). IL refers to the ability to reside in the community and participate in activities of choice by managing available resources, negotiating barriers and exercising self-determination. IL often is viewed as a prerequisite to employment for severely disabled individuals, because barriers and facilitators to independence at home and in the community also influence success in the workplace. Thus, IL will be a critical first step to pursuing vocational/employment goals for OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma. To date, no published studies have investigated IL among veterans with polytrauma. This pilot study will be the first project in a line of research to promote the independence and employability OEF/OIF veterans. The goals of the study are twofold. Goal 1 of the study is to investigate the barriers and facilitators to IL identified by community dwelling OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma, caregivers, and IL service providers, and perceptions of how these factors may affect veterans' return to work. This goal will be accomplished by using qualitative methods for data collection and analyses. Qualitative interviewing will be used to elicit the perspectives of veterans with polytrauma and caregivers living in Florida, and Florida-based Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment IL service providers. Qualitative data will be coded, and then analyzed using the constant comparative method. Goal #2 of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of using the data collection tools and procedures for a future planned study. An efficacy evaluation will be used to test and refine the data collection tools (interview guides and demographic checklists). To evaluate data collection procedures, field notes will be recorded and analyzed to identify optimal organizational procedures and time parameters to minimize subject burden. Findings will be used to plan and design a large, national study of factors affecting return to work among OEF/OIF veterans with polytrauma living throughout the United States. Findings also will be used to develop future proposals to fund longitudinal research and implementation projects to improve employability outcomes among veterans with polytrauma.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Community sample

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of OEF/OIF related polytraumatic injuries

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Polytraumatic injuries unrelated to OEF/OIF service
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00872690

Locations
United States, Florida
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32608
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33612
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Florida
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth M. Hannold, PhD MS BS North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00872690     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D6661-R
Study First Received: March 27, 2009
Last Updated: July 3, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Multiple Trauma
Blast Injuries
Brain Injuries
Rehabilitation, Vocational
Consumer participation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Blast Injuries
Multiple Trauma
Brain Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Barotrauma
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 01, 2014