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National Guard Outreach and Linkage to Treatment

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier:
First received: November 24, 2009
Last updated: October 1, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

This project will add an evaluation/research component to an existing peer outreach program, now implemented for over 1100 soldiers in the Michigan Army National Guard. Preliminary work will be completed in three areas. We will conduct semi-structured interviews with soldiers, Buddies, and National Guard leadership and develop and pilot test survey items relevant to implementation. Further, we will develop and pretest survey items relevant to determining soldier symptomatic and functional status. We will also conduct a small feasibility study, fielding the newly developed survey to a representative sample of recently returned National Guard members from Michigan and Indiana, to determine response rates and veteran willingness to allow access to linkable PDHA/PDHRA data and health services data. Finally, we will construct a merged, de-identified longitudinal dataset comprised of Post-Deployment Health Assessment and Reassessment data, Military Health System/TRICARE, and VA services data from National Guard soldiers in Michigan and comparison states of Indiana and Ohio. This will allow a longitudinal assessment of services initiation and retention for the entire Guard populations in these states.

Healthy Volunteer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: National Guard Outreach and Linkage to Treatment

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • National Guard Soldier Survey [ Time Frame: Following return from deployment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This was a pilot study. Demonstrated survey acceptablity, completion rates, allowed for larger observational study recently completed. Survey domains included employment, mental health symptoms, substance use, unit cohesions and other characteristics.

Enrollment: 2500
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Group 1
National Guard leadership, Buddies, and soldiers
Group 2
Michigan State Army National Guard soldiers who have returned from OEF/OIF deployments starting December 2008
Group 3
Indiana State Army National Guard soldiers who have returned from OEF/OIF deployments starting December 2008
Group 4
National Guard members from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana who returned from OEF/OIF deployments after September 30, 2003

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population



Inclusion Criteria:

  • Returning MI ARNG member participating in the Buddy-to-Buddy program

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01020981

United States, Michigan
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48113-0170
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Marcia T. Valenstein, MD AB VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System