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Wounded Warrior Recovery Project

The Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP) is a 15-year, population-based study examining the long-term patient-reported outcomes among U.S. service members injured during deployment. Participants are active duty and veteran Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Reserve, and National Guard personnel.

For more information, visit https://www.wwrecoveryproject.org

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Background

Over 52,000 service members have been injured during post-9/11 overseas contingency operations deployments, placing them at increased risk for poorer physical and mental health outcomes. The complex relationships between physical injury, mental health symptoms, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among this population are not well understood.

To address these knowledge gaps and ultimately improve clinical outcomes, NHRC has developed the WWRP, a longitudinal research track focused on the long-term patient reported outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms and HRQoL, and their impact on health and readiness among deployment-injured service members.

Value

Study findings from the WWRP provide a crucial understanding of the long-term patient-reported outcomes of this population. These outcomes are being shared with scientific and clinical communities to inform military and veteran health policy and clinical practice guidelines.

Goals

  • Maintain a cutting-edge online dataset of the patient-reported outcomes of military personnel injured during deployment
  • Assess longitudinal relationships between injury, peritrauma factors, physical and mental health, and HRQOL
  • Measure and examine other factors that may impact overall well-being such as social support and chronic pain
  • Translate, through further research and clinical collaborations, the WWRP research findings to actionable optimization of clinical care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits

  • Provide a crucial understanding of the long-term physical and mental health outcomes of this population.
  • Inform efforts to return service members to their pre-injury HRQoL, minimize time spent recovering from injury, maximize return to duty, and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Evaluate current treatment and rehabilitation interventions to identify those resulting in improved long-term patient-reported outcomes.


Research

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