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Reflecting on success in trauma research: experiences from the SGCNS and SIR studies
  1. Conor Bentley1,2,
  2. L Cooper1,
  3. M Foster1,3 and
  4. J Fallowfield2
  1. 1NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Applied Physiology Department, Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport, Hampshire, UK
  3. 3Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Conor Bentley, NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK;{at}


The inclusion of British Service Personnel (SP) lacking capacity into research studies from the point of injury through to medium-term rehabilitation had not previously been undertaken until work to support operations in Afghanistan (2001–2014). The Surgeon General’s Casualty Nutrition Study and the Steroids and Immunity from Injury through to Rehabilitation Study sought to address the nutrition, endocrine and immune responses in a military patient cohort. A fundamental part of research is to feedback to patients, their relatives and ward staff on data collection and outcomes, and how future research may be improved to better support both injured SP and trauma patients in the UK. This paper will provide an experiential view on the delivery, operations and infrastructure requirements that should be considered when developing military research at a role-3 facility, before, during and after a study.

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  • Contributors CB, LC and JF have written the personal view. All authors approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding This study/project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care. The SIR Study was part of the Surgeon General’s Casualty Nutrition Study (SGCNS), a Ministry of Defence funded project).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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