University Hospitals Ohio National Guard Study Univeristy of Toledo

Welcome to the web site for the Risk and Resilience Research Project among members of the Ohio National Guard!

The next round of telephone surveys for the Ohio National Guard Study will begin in November 2011! Participants will receive a notification letter a few weeks before we begin placing phone calls to set up interview appointments.

What is the Risk and Resilience Factors Survey?

Some members of the Ohio National Guard have been randomly selected to take part in a study that is being conducted by the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and the University of Toledo in cooperation with the Ohio National Guard and sponsored by the Department of Defense.
The purpose of this study is to learn about the experiences of Guard Members and how these experiences may impact their lives over time. This will include looking at factors associated with risk and protection from combat-related mental trauma and similar adjustment problems, such as returning to a civilian lifestyle and dealing with conflict in everyday situations. This will be done, in part, by collecting information about "risk and resilience" factors including family history, medical history, quality of life, productivity, and use of healthcare services that have the potential of affecting your response to deployment.
Guard Members who choose to participate in the telephone survey will be compensated $35 for their time.
More information on the Risk and Resilience
Research Project: Joseph Calabrese M.D. and the Center for Bipolar Disorder are working with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and the Department of Defense on the Kaptur DoD/DVA Mental Health Initiative. The general objective of this initiative is to evaluate the relationships between resilience and risk factors, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, before, during, and after treatment within the DVA.

The “Risk and Resilience” project is Co-Directed by Joseph R. Calabrese, MD and Marijo Tamburrino MD and is designed to study the relationships between 1) pre-existing mental illness/substance use disorders, 2) deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and 3) post-deployment related mental health and overall psychosocial adjustment. The study will evaluate several groups of the Ohio National Guard: those deployed to OIF (Iraq, Kuwait, or Qatar), those deployed OEF (Afghanistan), those deployed to other theaters (Bosnia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, on a ship, or other), those deployed domestically, and those not deployed. This project will enroll up to 3,000 members of the Ohio National Guard and Reserves beginning in 2007. Research visits will be conducted at time of enlistment, 90-180 days post-deployment, and then every 12 months for a minimum of 10 years.

The project aims to build support and stimulate additional interest in the study of the role of resilience and risk in combat-related posttraumatic psychopathology and other similar adjustment problems. A specific aim of this project is to obtain permission to re-contact previously studied, well-characterized research subjects and their family members for future research that specifically targets the improvement of the scientific understanding of combat related posttraumatic psychopathology and similar adjustment problems.
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