The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Study: protocol for a prospective investigation of mental health risk and resilience factors

R. Nicholas Carleton, Gregory P. Krätzig, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, J. Patrick Neary, Lisa M. Lix, Amber J. Fletcher, Tracie O. Afifi, Alain Brunet, Ron Martin, Karen S. Hamelin, Taylor A. Teckchandani, Laleh Jamshidi, Kirby Q. Maguire, David Gerhard, Michelle McCarron, Orland Hoeber, Nicholas A. Jones, Sherry H. Stewart, Terence M. Keane, Jitender SareenKeith Dobson, Gordon J.G. Asmundson

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Abstract

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), like all public safety personnel (PSP), are frequently exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events that contribute to posttraumatic stress injuries (PTSI). Addressing PTSI is impeded by the limited available research. In this protocol paper, we describe the RCMP Study, part of the concerted efforts by the RCMP to reduce PTSI by improving access to evidence-based assessments, treatments and training as well as participant recruitment and RCMP Study develop-ments to date. The RCMP Study has been designed to (1) develop, deploy and assess the impact of a system for ongoing annual, monthly and daily evidence-based assessments; (2) evalu-ate associations between demographic variables and PTSI; (3) longitudinally assess individual differences associated with PTSI; (4) augment the RCMP Cadet Training Program with skills to proactively mitigate PTSI; and (5) assess the impact of the aug-mented training condition (ATC) versus the standard training condition (STC). Participants in the STC (n = 480) and ATC (n = 480) are assessed before and after training and annually for 5 years on their deployment date; they also complete brief monthly and daily surveys. The RCMP Study results are expected to benefit the mental health of all participants, RCMP and PSP by reducing PTSI among all who serve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-333
Number of pages15
JournalChronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada
Volume42
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The current study was supported by the RCMP, the Government of Canada and the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Special thanks to the following people (alphabetically by last name) who have provided tremendous support for the current study in several different ways since inception:

Funding Information:
R. N. Carleton is supported by a Medavie Foundation Project Grant. L. M. Lix is supported by a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Methods for Electronic Health Data Quality. T. O. Afifi is supported by a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Childhood Adversity and Resilience. S. H. Stewart is supported by a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Public Health Agency of Canada. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • Unified Protocol
  • longitudinal
  • police
  • posttraumatic stress injuries
  • public safety personnel
  • resilience
  • risk
  • transdiagnostic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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