The Blesma Families study, carried out in partnership with Blesma and funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, aims to understand how veterans and families experience and manage living with limb loss. The focus of the research is from the perspective of the veteran and their family unit, in order to provide insight and understanding into how veterans and their families experience, manage and adapt to living with limb loss, which is absent from current literature and research. This research will provide a qualitative analysis of the experiences and support needs of families of veterans living with limb loss, and will inform the future care of and service provision to such families and veterans.The research objectives are:
Exploring the experience of veterans and their families, the research will occur over two years in two phases: phase 1 will use unstructured interviews to generate information about what is of importance to families and veterans living with limb loss, and phase 2 will implement focused interview questions to gather in-depth data about the experiences that are common across all participants, in order to develop detailed understandings of aspects that are of most relevance to the participants.
The core outcome of this research will be a detailed analysis and understanding of the needs of veterans living with limb loss and the families supporting them. This will inform future policy and practice in meeting these needs, and the dissemination of findings will influence how health and social care services, both voluntary and statutory, are delivered.