Army STARRS: Soldier Health Outcomes Study

Tuesday May 22, 2012

What is it?

Army STARRS' Soldier Health Outcomes Study (SHOS) is one part of the larger Army STARRS study. SHOS itself is divided into smaller studies, and this STAND-TO deals with study "B." In SHOS-B, civilian researchers compare information about Soldiers who died by suicide to information about a control group of healthy Soldiers. By looking at both groups, researchers hope to find areas of risk and resilience. The civilian research team will interview families, loved ones and Army supervisors about many topics including the Soldier's social and work life, mental health history, physical state and experiences. Supervisors may be contacted about a deceased Soldier or about a healthy control Soldier.

Do family members and Army supervisors have to participate? No. Participation is voluntary. However, the greater number of people who join the study, the more researchers can learn about risk and protective factors that affect Soldiers' well-being. All parts of Army STARRS are completely confidential. Researchers combine information they receive from participants, analyze the combined data and report their overall findings to the Senior Army Leadership. Individual Soldiers, supervisors, family and loved ones are not identified in any reports. SHOS-B interviews will continue from June 2012 through November 2013.

What has the Army done?

The Army partnered with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to learn more about protecting Soldiers' well being. The NIMH assembled a team of experts from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Harvard Medical School, the University of California, San Diego and the University of Michigan and together they launched Army STARRS.

Why is this important to the Army?

The study is part of the Army's commitment to providing the Army Family with the resources it needs to stay mentally fit. The study results are expected to provide a wealth of information that the Army can quickly apply to its health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

SHOS-B is one piece of the larger Army STARRS study. Some Army STARRS components will conclude in Q4 2012 while others will continue into CY 2013; data analysis will continue through Q2 2014. Army STARRS conducts quarterly IPRs for the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.



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