WHAT WE DO

We are proud to support military nurse-led research interest groups (RIGs), teams connecting multidisciplinary researchers with common interests for collaboration, mentoring, and education.

Working in teams spread all over the globe RIGs work to overcome the common challenges of research collaboration, answering:

  • Who is working in my space? How can I connect with other researchers in my topic area in my own service and beyond?
  • How can I fit research collaboration into my already busy schedule?
  • What projects might we work on together to advance the science in our field?

Taking on these questions, the teams work to strengthen the collaborative nursing research environment within their spheres of influence. We welcome proposals for new topical teams relevant to advancing the science of military nursing. To be considered, prospective RIG teams must:

  • align with our written research priorities
  • have at least five active members from at least two (preferably three) Services
  • demonstrate at least 12 months of active member engagement
  • carry out a comprehensive review of the state of the science (and/or gap analysis)
  • develop a draft charter with short and long term goals

If the RIG is approved by our Executive Board of Directors, the team will be expected to provide the following deliverables:

  • an annual plan and budget
  • a topical reference library/database
  • network of subject matter experts for collaboration and mentoring in their field

 

CONTACT

If you are interested in developing a research interest group in your field of interest, or learning more about an existing RIG, please email:

Research Agenda Program Coordinator Emily Bell

emily.bell.ctr@usuhs.edu

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

ANESTHESIA

The Anesthesia Research Interest Group is chartered to collaboratively develop a research and evidence-based practice agenda that will align resources, support rigorous scientific inquiry, and further the advancement and translation of this knowledge into clinical practice to improve the readiness of our providers to perform in the operational setting and the quality of the anesthetic and resuscitative care provided to wounded warriors and other Military Health System beneficiaries.

BIOBEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Representing a wide variety of research interests under the biobehavioral health umbrella, the BHRIG focuses on supporting researchers with methods education and mentoring. Team members work to plan relevant offerings and projects featuring novel techniques in the field. Currently, a BHRIG workgroup has partnered with the University of Michigan's Institute of Social Research to carry out a Social Network Analysis project. This will allow the group to demonstrate relationships between individual military nurse researchers in our community and look for patterns in professional productivity.

EXPEDITIONARY

The Expeditionary RIG (ExRIG) works to disseminate best practices and cutting-edge research via multiple outlets. Special journal issues and pocket publications and collaborates with established expeditionary and en route care groups to highlight the nursing perspective. Interests of the RIG members range from point of injury to hospital care and from handoffs, to IO access, to blood transfusion, to decreasing stress and pain in transport, to providers' self-care. This team was proud to publish a special issue of military en route care nursing articles in the journal Critical Care Nurse in 2018!

HEALTH SYSTEMS INFORMATICS

The Health Systems and Informatics Research Interest Group (HSIRIG) is chartered to develop a research and evidence-based practice agenda that will align resources, foster rigorous scientific inquiry, and support the advancement and translation of knowledge to improve the accuracy of military health system resource planning and improve the quality and safety of clinical care. The team is interested in supporting researchers and clinicians in the growing field of informatics as well.

MILITARY FAMILY

The goal of the Military Family Interest Group ("FIG") is to generate family-based research that will influence policy and program development, support evidence-based decision making, and optimize the care of the military family. The group carried out a scoping review of military family literature to identify gaps for future research opportunities. They are in the process of outlining their plans and priorities to support the care and treatment of military family members.

MILITARY WOMEN'S HEALTH

The mission of The Military Women’s Health Research Interest Group is to be responsive to the changing faces of the U.S. Armed Forces by bringing together a group of scientists, clinicians, and other professionals interested in understanding the health and illness as related to sex and gender within the military healthcare system through the research process.

This multidisciplinary, TriService team is led by Col Candy Wilson, CAPT (ret) Jacqueline Rychnovsky, COL (ret) Lori Trego, LTC (ret) Nancy Steele, Lt Col Dawnkimberly Hopkins, LTC Leilani Siaki, and CDR Jennifer Buechel.

The goal is to develop an interdisciplinary research and evidence-based practice agenda that will be responsive to Defense Health Agency/Military Health System needs by building scientific evidence, strengthening interagency collaborations, mentoring research scientists, and advancing the translation of evidence into clinical practice application to support the advancement of all Service Members in military service.

TOPICS OF SPECIAL INTEREST INCLUDE:

  • Gender Specific & Reproductive Care (Contraception/Menses, GU, OB, Mothering, & STI)
  • General Health (Systems, Occupational Health, Nutrition, Performance, Exercise, Deployment & Post-Deployment Health)
  • Mental Health, including PTSD and Stress
  • Substance Abuse, including Tobacco
  • Trauma (IPV, DV, Abuse, MST, & Injury)

CURRENT INITIATIVES INCLUDE:

The Military Women's Health Researcher Guide, now in its sixth edition, which includes contact information, presentations & publications, areas of research interest, and collaboration interests of 50+ military women's health researchers - Inquire to receive an electronic copy and/or be included in our next edition of this guide as a subject matter expert.

Scoping review of military women's health research literature (from 2000-2015), used for an online searchable database (as a counterpart to the VA’s database on veteran women’s health), and evaluated for knowledge gaps to guide future women’s health proposals.

A quarterly military women's health research conference call to highlight current military women’s health research and foster collaboration and communication among research scientists and agencies in the subject area - Inquire to share your institutional initiatives on the calls and network with other researchers.

Look for the results of our Delphi study in 2019 (PI: Dr. Lori Trego, COL (ret), USA, AN). The study team from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus partnered with the MWHRIG to explore research topics needed to support women as reported by military and health care leaders.