2018

True Patriot Love Research Initiative - Awarded Projects

Title
Defining the Longitudinal Course, Outcomes and Treatment Needs of Vulnerable Canadians with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Project Funding
True Patriot Love
Principal Investigator(s)
Dr. Jitender Sareen
Institution(s) and Partner(s)
University of Manitoba
Project Description

Although stress is a recurring and omnipresent problem, there are major gaps in knowledge about the hallmark condition related to traumatic stress (i.e. posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD}). Over 70% of Canadians are exposed to traumatic events (e.g. physical injury, accidental death of loved one) in their lives. Although most are resilient, a substantial minority experience subsequent emotional problems. Major gaps exist in the literature on the incidence, longitudinal course, impact, and treatment needs of PTSD in Canadians. In particular, we know very little about the long-term impact of trauma exposure and PTSD among our Canadian soldiers. It is essential to understand the trajectory of PTSD within Canada’s unique demographic, sociocultural, and health care system influences.

The objectives of this research project are to:

  1. Define the incidence and longitudinal course of PTSD in Canadian samples.
  2. Develop prediction tools to identify those at risk for incident and persistent PTSD.
  3. Define the impact of PTSD on subsequent risk for negative health outcomes.
  4. Describe health care use and treatment needs among people with PTSD.

In the short term, this program of research will determine predictors of PTSD, the impact of PTSD on health outcomes, and treatment needs of civilians, active soldiers, and veterans with PTSD in Canada. In the long term, understanding these important questions will improve recognition and treatment of PTSD across health sectors, and will ultimately improve the lives of people with PTSD.

Status
active
Title
Soutien en santé mentale aux familles militaires et aux vétérans du Québec : une étude de faisabilité
Project Funding
True Patriot Love
Principal Investigator(s)
Dr. Dave Blackburn
Institution(s) and Partner(s)
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Project Description

Ce project de recherche se fera en deux phases. La première phase consistera à produire une revue de l'état actuel des programmes et des services existant en santé mental au Québec destinés aux familles militaires et aux vétérans.

Quatre catégories de programmes et de services seront présentées par région du Québec:

  1. programmes fédéraux;
  2. programmes provinciaux;
  3. programmes communautaires et sans but lucratif; et ;
  4. services privés.

La seconde phase consistera à développer et à administrer un questionnaire qui sera destiné aux familles militaires et aux vétérans afin de cerner leurs besoins/leurs évaluations/leurs utilisations en matière de programmes et de services en santé mentale. Les deux phases de ce project de recherche se feront avec l'aide de partenaires comme les Centres de la famille du Québec et les organisations de vétérans. Un rapport complet sera produit afin d'exposer les résultats des deux phases du project de recherche et afin de soumettre des recommandations.

Status
active