Reflecting on success in trauma research: experiences from the SGCNS and SIR studies

BMJ Mil Health. 2021 Apr;167(2):118-121. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001467. Epub 2020 Jun 2.


The inclusion of British Service Personnel (SP) lacking capacity into research studies from the point of injury through to medium-term rehabilitation had not previously been undertaken until work to support operations in Afghanistan (2001-2014). The Surgeon General's Casualty Nutrition Study and the Steroids and Immunity from Injury through to Rehabilitation Study sought to address the nutrition, endocrine and immune responses in a military patient cohort. A fundamental part of research is to feedback to patients, their relatives and ward staff on data collection and outcomes, and how future research may be improved to better support both injured SP and trauma patients in the UK. This paper will provide an experiential view on the delivery, operations and infrastructure requirements that should be considered when developing military research at a role-3 facility, before, during and after a study.

Keywords: health services administration & management; information management; statistics & research methods.

MeSH terms

  • Afghan Campaign 2001-
  • Electronic Health Records / statistics & numerical data
  • Feedback*
  • Humans
  • Military Medicine / instrumentation
  • Military Medicine / methods
  • Military Medicine / trends
  • Research / standards
  • Research / trends*
  • Warfare / statistics & numerical data
  • Wounds and Injuries / diet therapy*
  • Wounds and Injuries / rehabilitation*