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Patients' perspective on the comprehensive preventive health evaluation in veterans with spinal cord injury.
Collins EG, Langbein WE, Smith B, Hendricks R, Hammond M, Weaver F. Patients' perspective on the comprehensive preventive health evaluation in veterans with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2005 Jun 1; 43(6):366-74.
STUDY DESIGN: Survey research methods. OBJECTIVES: To assess patient satisfaction with the annual comprehensive preventative health evaluation (CPHE) and to determine if the patient's needs were being met. SETTING: Department of Veterans Affairs National Survey, United States. METHODS: A total of 853 subjects with spinal cord injuries participated in a mailed survey regarding the annual CPHE. Subjects were asked about satisfaction with the examination, preferences on how the examination is conducted and whether their needs were being met with the examination. RESULTS: In all, 76% of the subjects that responded to the survey had completed a CPHE within the previous year. Subjects cited getting their medication and supplies refilled and talking to the doctor as the top two reasons for completing the evaluation. Subjects indicated that they would most like to discuss their muscle strength and weakness, bladder care, chronic pain, digestion and bowel care issues, and equipment problems during their evaluation. The majority of subjects (81%) indicated that they were satisfied with the CPHE. Subjects that were satisfied with the CPHE were also more satisfied with other aspects of care as well. CONCLUSION: The majority of respondents had completed a CPHE within the previous year. Most respondents cite health issues related to the spinal cord injury as areas they would most like to discuss during the evaluation. The majority of subjects were satisfied with the conduct of the CPHE.