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UK support services for families of wounded, injured or sick Service personnel: the need for evaluation
  1. Anna Verey1,
  2. M Keeling2,
  3. G Thandi1,
  4. S Stevelink1 and
  5. N Fear1
  1. 1King's Centre for Military Health Research, King's College London, London, UK
  2. 2Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Nicola Fear, King's Centre for Military Health Research, King's College London, Weston Education Centre, 10, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ, UK; Nicola.t.fear{at}kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

Concerns have been raised about the level of support available to those families who provide unpaid care for wounded, injured or sick (WIS) personnel in the UK. In this opinion piece, support services for families of WIS personnel in the UK and their associated evaluations are reviewed. Support services are found to be provided by government-led initiatives, third sector organisations and the Service Family Federations. A minority of interventions for families of WIS personnel in the UK have been evaluated and a culture of service evaluation is encouraged within the field.

  • SOCIAL MEDICINE
  • PUBLIC HEALTH
  • HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
  • Received June 5, 2015.
  • Revision received January 19, 2016.
  • Accepted January 20, 2016.

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  • Received June 5, 2015.
  • Revision received January 19, 2016.
  • Accepted January 20, 2016.
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