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

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 31, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 17, 2015
University of Florida
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs )

Brief Summary:
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 or disease
Multiple Trauma Blast Injuries Brain Injuries

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.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 7 participants
Official Title: Factors Affecting Return to Work Among OEF/OIF Veterans With Polytrauma
Study Start Date : October 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2014

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

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Single, in-depth qualitative interviews [ Time Frame: Single administration ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Demographic Checklist [ Time Frame: Single administration ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Community sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of OEF/OIF related polytraumatic injuries

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Polytraumatic injuries unrelated to OEF/OIF service

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00872690

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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
US Department of Veterans Affairs
University of Florida
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Principal Investigator: Elizabeth M. Hannold, PhD MS BS North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

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Responsible Party: US Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00872690     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D6661-R
First Posted: March 31, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2015
Last Verified: March 2015

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs ):
Multiple Trauma
Blast Injuries
Brain Injuries
Rehabilitation, Vocational
Consumer participation

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