The Soldier Medic Mettle Study
Technical Report,30 Sep 2011,29 Sep 2012
Tulane University New Orleans United States
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The third year of this project has been the most difficult with the loss of the overall PI and military contact, LTC David Cabrera. Dr. Figley and Dr.Cabrera initiated the study proposal in September 2008. Since that date until his death in combat at the end of October 2011, we made all decisions regarding the qualitative research component. He was our primary link and coordination with the quantitative team lead by Dr. Paula Chapman and spent considerable energy in coordinating the two teams. Dr. Cabrera chain of command at the time of his death was Dr. Unwin, who agreed to step in as overall PI. Efforts to help Unwin get up to speed on the project reduced significantly the momentum of the project. Although an excellent physician, the new overall PI lacked the insight and experiences of the previous PI. Eventually, everything began to come together with the acquisition of two addition research team members, Wade Kordrin former US Army captain as a research assistant and Richard Adams, PhD, a sociologist and scale development specialist from Kent State. The no-cost extension of the study for another year will provides an opportunity to make up for the loss of time from the loss of LTC Cabrera. The Qualitative Team will utilize the combined data from the Quantitative Team to study the responses of the 100 or so who completed the Medic Mettle Scale MMS and how they appeared to perform on the standard behavioral health instruments and how they relate to their responses on the MMS. Our goal is to use the data of the responses to reduce the scale to less than 20 items but with an excellent psychometric profile to make the Scale highly useable for selecting and guiding combat medics.
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