Ill or injured CAF members wanted for study on transition to civilian life

A male military member poses with a female and young child.
Researchers from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, would like to better understand the experiences of ill or injured CAF members and their families.

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Would you and a family member be willing to be interviewed for a study on the transition from military to civilian life of ill or injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members?

Researchers from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), want to better understand the experiences of ill or injured CAF members and their families during this period in their lives.

The interviews will take about 90 minutes each, either in person or by telephone, and also include a brief questionnaire. Researchers would like to speak with ill or injured members who have recently been released from the CAF or are expecting to be released in the near future, as well as the member of their family who primarily provides them with help or support because of the illness or injury (e.g. spouse/partner, parent, or other adult family member). The ill or injured person and their family member can choose to be interviewed together or separately, based on their preference.

In addition to helping better understand the needs of ill or injured members and their families during the transition to civilian life, the study will:

  • Help identify ways to improve the accessibility or quality of current transition services and programs to better meet needs;
  • Ask some general questions, as part of the interview, about the nature of the illness or injury the family is facing (participants will not be asked to provide specific details);
  • Ensure that information provided as part of the study will remain confidential and anonymous. Only group results will be reported and personal information that may identify individual participants will never be mentioned in any published results;
  • Ensure that there is no link whatsoever between this study and a participant’s career or access to CAF/VAC services and programs.

If you and your family member would like to participate or have further questions or concerns before making a decision, please contact:

Dr. Alla Skomorovsky at (613)-901-9615 or by email at alla.skomorovsky@forces.gc.ca or
Dr. Jennifer Lee at (613) 901-9603 or by email jennifer.lee@forces.gc.ca.

The research submission titled, ” Experiences of ill or injured CAF members and their families with the transition from military to civilian life and related support programs and services” has been approved by the DGMPRA Social Science Research Review Board, in accordance with DAOD 5062-0 and 5062-1. The SSRRB approval # is 1659/17F.

 

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