Maternity care is a key component of comprehensive care for women Veterans, for which there is growing demand. Due to the high prevalence of pre-existing medical and mental health conditions, women Veterans using VA maternity care are a high-risk population. Importantly, access to maternity care (including digital access) is necessary but not sufficient for improving maternal and newborn outcomes. Increasing emphasis is being placed on the coordination and content of maternity care. Understanding women Veterans' maternity care experiences, including utilization of virtual care technology, and identifying modifiable risk factors for receiving poor quality care is essential for developing meaningful, effective intervention strategies for improving women Veterans' maternity care access, utilization, and outcomes.
Aim 1. To understand women Veterans' experiences, preferences, and challenges accessing and utilizing VA maternity care.
Aim 2. To field a survey of pregnant women Veterans in VISN 20 to identify determinants of access, utilization, and outcomes of care to inform development of a virtual care intervention.
Aim 3. To determine acceptable strategies for delivering a virtual care intervention, by identifying preferences and challenges of pregnant women Veterans, and their VA providers regarding digital technology.
The proposed study uses a multi-component mixed-methods approach. Aim 1 will be a qualitative study with semi-structured interviews of women Veterans who recently used VA maternity care. Questions will focus on experiences with VA maternity care, alternate models of maternity care and virtual care, non-VA maternity care providers, preferences regarding maternity care, and the transitions between VA and non-VA care. Aim 2 will collect quantitative data on access, utilization, and outcomes of care through a web-based survey of women Veterans in VISN 20 with a recent live birth. Aim 3 will be a qualitative study with semi-structured interviews of women Veterans participating in Aim 2 as well as interviews with other VISN 20 stakeholders (e.g. Women Veterans' Program Managers, maternity care coordinators).
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Women Veterans of childbearing age remain the fastest growing group of new VA users, and improving care and services for this group remains a national priority. This study will provide essential information needed to develop Veteran-centric enhancements to VA maternity care.
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Grant Number: IK2HX001559-01A2
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- Katon JG, Ma EW, Sayre G, Zephyrin LC, Cordasco KM, Yano EM, Fortney JC. Women Veterans' Experiences with Department of Veterans Affairs Maternity Care: Current Successes and Targets for Improvement. Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health. 2018 Nov 1; 28(6):546-552. [view]
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