Health Services Research & Development

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In This Issue

Director's Letter

Director's Letter
by David Atkins, MD, MPH, Director, HSR&D

Commentary

Increasing Rural Veterans' Access to Care Through Research
By Thomas F. Klobucar, PhD, Acting Executive Director, Office of Rural Health, Washington, DC

Response to Commentary

Partnered Research to Improve Health of Rural Veterans
By Teresa Hudson, PharmD, PhD, HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Research Highlights

The Virtual Specialty Care QUERI Program: Improving Access to High-Quality Specialty Care for Rural Veterans
By John Fortney, PhD, Greg Reger, PhD, and Alexis Beatty, MD, all with HSR&D's Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, VA Puget Sound Health Care System; and Heather Reisinger, PhD, Caroline Turvey, PhD, and Michael Ohl, MD, all with HSR&D's Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation, Iowa City VA Health Care System


Building an Adequate VA Care Network: Evaluating the Impact of Choice Providers
By Evan Carey, MS, HSR&D Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value Driven-Care, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, Colorado


Identifying Barriers to Engagement in Mental Health Care: Perspectives of Rural Veterans and Providers
By Ellen P. Fischer, PhD, HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research and South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas; Jean C. McSweeney, PhD, and Patricia Wright, PhD, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas


VHA-Indian Health Service Collaborations Reveal Opportunities to Improve Rural Health Care
By B. Josea Kramer, PhD, Beth Creekmur, MA, and Debra Saliba MD, MPH; Drs. Kramer and Saliba are with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Los Angeles, California; Ms. Creekmur is with the Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, California