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Access to Care

Access to healthcare includes a variety of concerns, including how close Veterans live to VA healthcare facilities, and whether or not they are older, disabled, and/or chronically ill and so may experience difficulty traveling. HSR researchers study several important aspects of access, including how living in rural settings or being a minority Veteran may affect access to care, as well as all Veterans' access to specialty care (i.e., mental healthcare, rehabilitation services, HIV treatment).

Each section below is populated by a search of the HSR website. Search results are generated based on the search term "Access to Care". Results are updated as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 92 ACCESS TO CARE focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 21 ACCESS TO CARE focused publication briefs)

  • Caring Letters Not Associated with Suicide Attempts Following Veterans Crisis Line Contact, But Are Associated with Higher Probability of VA Mental Healthcare Use
    This study examined the effectiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) Caring Letters intervention and determined whether there were differences in outcomes by signatory. Findings showed that Caring Letters were not associated with suicide attempts following VCL contact, but were associated with higher probability of VHA outpatient and inpatient mental healthcare use. There was no association amo...
    Date: April 29, 2024
  • Prolonged Deployment to Military Bases with Open Burn Pits Increases Risk of Adverse Health Outcomes
    This study sought to determine whether the duration of deployment to military bases with open burn pits was associated with an increased risk of diagnosed respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Findings showed that prolonged deployment to military bases with open burn pits may increase the risk of developing adverse health outcomes. For every 100 days of deployment to bases with burn pits, the ad...
    Date: April 25, 2024
  • Study Suggests Racial Inequalities in VA Pancreatic Cancer Care
    This study examined whether there were significant racial disparities in the continuum of pancreatic cancer care in the VA system, hypothesizing that there would be no racial disparities in the receipt of pancreatic cancer care among Black and White Veterans. Findings showed that even in a healthcare system with equal access to care, racial inequalities exist in the timing of pancreatic cancer dia...
    Date: November 13, 2023
  • JGIM Special Issue on Improving Access to VA Care
    This special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine titled “Veterans’ Access to Care” highlights recent advancements in access-related research and illustrates how VA has evolved in its ongoing journey to be a high-reliability organization using a learning healthcare system framework to improve access to care....
    Date: July 1, 2023
  • VA Surgical Care Comparable or Better than Non-VA Surgical Care
    Investigators conducted a systematic review to compare VA and non-VA care for surgical conditions across domains of quality and safety, access, patient experience, and comparative cost/efficiency using studies published between 2015 and 2021 – following implementation of the Choice and MISSION Acts. Findings showed that in all but two studies, VA care had comparable or better quality and safety ou...
    Date: May 8, 2023

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( 5 of more than 5 ACCESS TO CARE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
SDR 21-133 Identifying Modifiable Factors that Affect Veterans At-Risk due to Social Determinants of Health and Psychological Distress Access to Care Within Integrated Primary Care Settings Funderburk, Jennifer 2022-06-01
PPO 18-121 From Screening to Treatment: Mapping Access to Care Pathways for Veterans who Screen Positive for PTSD Bovin, Michelle 2019-06-01
IIR 15-084 Impact of New Physician Residents on Veterans' Access to Care Kashner, Terrell 2016-06-01
IBA 09-061 Access to Care for Veterans with Chronic Lower Limb Wounds Reiber, Gayle 2010-04-01
SDR 21-133 Identifying Modifiable Factors that Affect Veterans At-Risk due to Social Determinants of Health and Psychological Distress Access to Care Within Integrated Primary Care Settings Funderburk, Jennifer 2022-06-01

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The most recent "Access to Care" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
2/21/2023 QUERI Advancing Diversity in Implementation Leadership (ADIL): Examples from the Field on Optimizing and Leveraging VA Leadership Opportunities Reddy, Yuvaram  
Wilson, Sarah  
Braganza, Melissa  
10/19/2022 Provider Supply and Access to Care Yee, Christine  
7/21/2022 Telehealth Delivery of Multimodal Complementary Integrated Health (CIH) Intervention for Suicide Prevention Haghighi, Fatemeh  
Byma, Lauren  
7/13/2022 Enhancing Primary Care Experience in Patients with Homeless Experience and Chronic Pain: Lessons learned from the Primary Care Quality-Homeless Services Tailoring (PCQ-HOST) study Kertesz, Stefan  
Varley, Allyson  
12/15/2021 A Novel Gap Staffing Metric for Primary Care Providers and Implications for Urban and Rural Areas O'Shea, Amy  
Kaboli, Peter  
Haraldsson, Bjarni  

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Other Resources

  • Learn about the VHA's Priorities for Strategic Action in the area of Veteran Access to care
  • Read the QUERI-funded Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center's Policy Brief about how economic and policy effects Veterans' access to care. 
  • Learn more about what kinds of research questions are included within the HSR&D Access Portfolio.
  • Read about projects to improve access included within the HSR Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation (CREATE) initiative. 
  • Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers

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