Study Shows Significant Improvement
Freedom and Honor programs have been evaluated by two separate mechanisms. The results of the evaluation by the American Institutes for Research lead by Dr. San Keller demonstrate the value that this program had for participants evaluated. Participants were unanimous in stating that the program met their goals and that they would recommend the program to their peers and superiors. The study used National Institutes of Health Patient–Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS®). PROMIS represents a state-of-the-art tool for measuring changes in physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms over time. PROMIS assessments showed a highly statistically significant improvement in the areas of health most commonly associated with combat stress and readjustment issues. AMVETS, a national veteran service organization sponsored the actual workshops using the Freedom and Honor team to deliver the programs.
The Hilton Report
The second evaluation of the program was a report conducted and written by Thomas F. Hilton, Ph.D. a psychologist specializing in health services delivery research, in which he summarizes his personal experience of the program first hand as a member of the staff. It is also based in part on the author’s personal background as a disabled combat veteran, which included 15 years of service as a combat line officer and 17 years as a uniformed psychologist. In the report, he noted:
“Because in experiential learning, new information co-occurs with emotions, learning can occur at a relatively more immediate pace and/or have a more profound impact on future behavior. Thus, it is feasible to change attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors in a relatively brief time span, provided that the context sustains emotional engagement (See review by Rakovshik, S.G., & McManus, F. (2010). “
That is precisely what Freedom and Honor attempts to do: engage vets on a sustained emotional level. For a copy of the Hilton report, please contact Martin Richardson at [email protected]
“Theoretically, each day, as vets use the knowledge about themselves gained from the F&H workshop, they should be more capable of setting a new course for their lives that takes them further away from the emotional issues derived from their service and other life experiences that have become barriers to personal growth and happiness (Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992).”
The Patient–Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS®), funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to provide clinicians and researchers access to efficient, precise, valid, and responsive adult– and child–reported measures of health and well–being. This tool is being used and evaluated by the Dept. of Defense and the Veterans Administration.
The data collected in PROMIS® provide clinicians and researchers with important patient–reported information about the effect of therapy that cannot be found in traditional clinical measures. When used with traditional clinical measures of health, PROMIS® tools allow clinicians to better understand how various treatments might affect what patients are able to do and the symptoms they experience. Not only can the reports be used to design treatment plans, but also can be used by patients and physicians to improve communication and manage chronic disease.
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Cpt. Thomas Hilton Ret.
Tom Hilton is a psychologist specializing in health services delivery research. He received his M.A. in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1976, and his Ph.D. from Texas Christian University in 1980 where he was a fellow at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Tom served two combat tours in Vietnam. After completing his doctoral work, he served as a Navy Medical Service Corps officer in various capacities to improve BUMED healthcare systems. Later he served on OPNAV (N1) staff at the Pentagon overseeing the Navy’s manpower, personnel, and training research programs. He retired from headquarters, Office of Naval Research (N84) in 2000. Tom later served as the National Institute on Drug Abuse Program Official for Addiction Recovery and Service Reengineering at the National Institutes of Health, as well as both Science Officer for the NIH Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) and the NIH extramural staff training faculty. Tom has published over 50 refereed scientific reports and book chapters, and has presented more than 80 papers, symposia, and keynotes at professional conferences.