Trauma exposure in military members and public safety personnel: A qualitative investigation

The primary objective of this study is to obtain a more in-depth understanding of the challenges that are unique to first responders – including public safety personnel and military members – that may complicate mental health treatment and recovery from PTSD. By identifying some of the unique qualitative characteristics among these patient populations, we can inform treatment improvements and more individualized care for public safety personnel and military members.

Research Team: Charlene O’Connor (Homewood Health Centre), Dr. Margaret McKinnon (McMaster University, HRI), Dr. Andrea Brown (McMaster University), Heather Millman (HRI), Bethany Easterbrook (McMaster University), Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen (Homewood Health Centre)

Funder: Homewood Health Centre with additional funds contributed from Canadian Institutes of Health Research grants held by Dr. Margaret McKinnon