Accession Number:

ADA581648

Title:

A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to Assess and Improve the Effectiveness of Post-deployment Screening for Mental Illness

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 1 Mar 2012-28 Feb 2013

Corporate Author:

KING'S COLL LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The primary aim of the study is to assess whether a post deployment screening would reduce the levels of mental illness and the secondary aim is to assess the health-seeking behavior in relation to screening. The study is a cluster RCT design and recruited subjects at platoon level 20-35 individuals as the unit of randomization. There are 2 arms a screening group and a control group. Both arms have completed the self-administered computerized assessment. Only the screening group will receive specific advice on help seeking related to the scores on the mental health measures. Baseline data collection began in October 2011 and finished in February 2013, using an offline computerized screening questionnaire to assess PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol misuse in troops returning from Afghanistan. We have recruited 8,673 service personnel into the study. Follow up data collection began in December 2012 and will continue until April 2014. We expect that this cluster RCT will offer a robust assessment of the impact of screening for military personnel.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE