Researchers in Bethesda, Maryland, are looking for caregivers and loved ones of troops and veterans with brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder to join a years-long study on the impact of these injuries on individuals and families.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, formerly the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, launched the study in 2010 to examine the effects of traumatic brain injury on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families.
The study, now in its 13th year, is ongoing and needs caregivers of troops and veterans with traumatic brain injury, those who care for active and former service members with PTSD, and non-caregiver military family members.
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Since 2000, nearly a half million U.S. troops experienced a brain injury in combat or training, according to the Department of Defense. To date, the Caregiver and Family Member Study has found that the burden of caregiving is associated with physical and psychological distress, disrupted family life and poor sleep, in addition to other unmet health-care needs, according to the researchers, based at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda.
The study also has highlighted that not all caregiver experiences are negative, however. “In fact, some report high levels of satisfaction and resilience and healthy family relationships,” DoD officials wrote in…