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&D 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).
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(5 of more than 626 ACCESS focused publications)
- Shepherd-Banigan M, Smith VA, Maciejewski ML, Stechuchak KM, Hastings SN, Wieland GD, Miller KEM, Kabat M, Henius J, Campbell-Kotler M, Van Houtven CH. The Effect of Support and Training for Family Members on Access to Outpatient Services for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Administration and policy in mental health. 2018 Jul 1; 45(4):550-564.
- Williams LS. Evaluating National Program to Improve Access to Acute Stroke Services for Rural Veterans. QUERI/HSR&D Veteran's Perspective. 2018 Jun 1; 1(3): 1.
- Schopfer DW, Krishnamurthi N, Shen H, Duvernoy CS, Forman DE, Whooley MA. Association of Veterans Health Administration Home-Based Programs With Access to and Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation. JAMA internal medicine. 2018 May 1; 178(5):715-717.
- Jacobs RC, Groth S, Farjah F, Wilson MA, Petersen LA, Massarweh NN. Potential Impact of "Take the Volume Pledge" on Access and Outcomes for Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery. Annals of surgery. 2018 Apr 24.
- Gawron L, Pettey WBP, Redd A, Suo Y, Turok DK, Gundlapalli AV. The "Safety Net" of Community Care: Leveraging GIS to Identify Geographic Access Barriers to Texas Family Planning Clinics for Homeless Women Veterans. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium. 2018 Apr 16; 2017:750-759.
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(5 of more than 124 ACCESS focused publication briefs)
- LGBT Women Veterans Report Missing Needed Health Care Due to Concerns about Interacting with Other Veterans
This study sought to examine LGBT women Veterans’ experiences within the VA healthcare system, and whether their experiences impact use of VA care. Findings showed that the majority of women Veterans reported feeling welcome at their VA. However, fewer LGBT women reported feeling welcome and safe at VA compared with non-LGBT women Veterans. After controlling for demographics, health status, and p...
Date: July 1, 2018
- Increase in Travel Reimbursement Increases Use of VA Outpatient Services
The extent to which VA and non-VA care are substitutes or complements for each other will dictate how the demand for VA care will change as Veterans make use of the Choice Program. This study used another VA policy change – one that increased the reimbursement rate that eligible Veterans receive for VA healthcare-related travel – to understand the use of VA and Medicare services among Medicare-enr...
Date: July 1, 2018
- High-Risk Veterans with Access to Primary Care Intensive Management Receive Increased Outpatient Care without Increased Cost
Intensive Management (IM) models aim to proactively reduce complex patients’ deteriorations in health and resultant high-cost hospitalizations through interdisciplinary teams, care coordination, and support for care transitions. This study evaluated the impact of outpatient primary care IM programs on health care utilization and cost at five VA medical centers. Findings showed that Veterans receiv...
Date: June 19, 2018
- Veterans Eligible for VA Purchased Healthcare Based on Distance from VA Facilities Face Shortage of Non-VA Providers
This study examined the potential impacts of reforms to improve access to care for Veterans living in rural areas on these Veterans and healthcare providers. Findings showed that initiatives to purchase care for Veterans living more than 40 miles from VA facilities may not significantly improve their access to care, as these areas are underserved by non-VA providers. For example, about 16% of thes...
Date: May 29, 2018
- Online Toolkit to Improve Primary Care Coordination within VA and with Community Providers
The Coordination Toolkit and Coaching (CTAC) project aims to improve patients’ experience of care coordination, while also developing better methods for bringing research evidence on care coordination into routine care. In this article, investigators describe CTAC’s first phase, which involved selecting tools for an online care coordination toolkit and developing a VA Intranet site to support the ...
Date: May 23, 2018
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( 5 of more than 66 ACCESS focused projects
|| Improving Access to Supported Employment for Veterans with Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury
|| Veteran Access to Emergency Care
|| Randomized Controlled Trial of AboutFace: A Novel Video Storytelling Resource to Improve Access, Engagement, and Utilization of Mental Health Treatment among Veterans with PTSD
|| VA-Legal Clinic Partnerships to Increase Veterans’ Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Access, Initiation, and Engagement
|| Advanced Prediction Models to Optimize Treatment and Access for Veterans with Hepatitis C
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- 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&D Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation (CREATE) initiative.
- Spotlight on Access