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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2001 — So, You Want to Study OEF/OIF Veterans…A Community-Engaged Research Approach

Helmer DAHeard CC, and Grieshaber BA, MEDVAMC; Boerstler JW, Lonestar Veterans Association;

Workshop Objectives:
Recruiting for research studies is challenging for any population; recent combat Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) present unique challenges and opportunities. A Community-Engaged Research approach may present a particularly effective means of recruitment for this population. At the end of the workshop, audience members will be able to: 1. Articulate ethical and good research practice principles of relative importance to Community-Engaged Research, 2. Demonstrate respect and appreciation for the needs and priorities of the community in dialogues with OEF/OIF Veteran community leaders, and 3. Develop and implement a Community-Engaged Research approach to their local OEF/OIF research activities.

The moderator will begin with an interactive discussion of Community-Engaged Research, ethical principles of particular concern, and its pros and cons relative to more traditional research recruitment methods. A panel of OEF/OIF Veterans employed at VHA as research assistants and leaders of a post-9/11 combat Veteran service organization will present their perspectives, roles, and observations from their ongoing involvement with deployment-related health research. Audience members and panelists will engage in a question and answer discussion. Audience members will be encouraged to present their own local research challenges and situations for input from the panelists and moderator. The moderator will document key points from the discussion which will be distributed in a summarized form to audience members.

Target Audience:
Researchers and clinicians interested in OEF/OIF deployment health research or Community-Engaged Research more generally.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
Audience members should have a basic understanding of research methods, ethics, and Veterans.

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