This is a preprint of a study into the impact that COVID-19 has had on the health and well being of veterans. The participants for this study are a subgroup of veterans taken from an existing longitudinal research study. The impact of COVID-19 on veterans will be determined by employing a variety of specific measures that capture participants health and well being, lifestyle, employment, accommodation and finances.
Introduction We will use a sub-sample of a current longitudinal study to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of ex-service personnel in the UK. The study will provide evidence for the UK Office of Veterans' Affairs (OVA), UK stakeholders supporting the ex-service community, and evidence to inform our international counterparts working with ex-service communities in allied countries regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of ex-service personnel. Methods and analysis Participants were eligible to participate if they lived in the UK, had Regular service history from the UK Armed Forces and had previously completed the King's Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) Health and Wellbeing survey between 2014-2016. Participants who met these criteria were recruited through email to take part in an online questionnaire. The study provides additional quantitative longitudinal data on this sub-sample. Data are being collected June 2020-September 2020. Specific measures are used to capture participants' COVID-19 experiences, health and wellbeing status and lifestyle behaviours. Other key topics will include questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on employment, finances, volunteering, charitable giving, accommodation and living arrangements, help-seeking behaviours, as well as any potential positive changes during this period. Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval has been gained from King's College London Research Ethics Committee (Ref: HR-19/20-18626). Participants were provided with information and agreed to a series of consent statements before enrolment. Data are kept on secure servers with access to personally identifiable information limited. Findings will be disseminated to the OVA, UK ex-service stakeholders and international research institutions through stakeholder meetings, project reports and scientific publications.
COVID-19: Impact on the health and wellbeing of ex-serving personnel (Veterans-CHECK) protocol paper. Marie-Louise Sharp, Danai Serfioti, Margaret Jones, Howard Burdett, David Pernet, Lisa Hull, Dominic Murphy, Sharon Stevelink, Simon Wessely, Nicola Fear. medRxiv 2020.09.02.20186577; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.02.20186577