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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 616 ACCESS focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 112 ACCESS focused publication briefs)

  • Study Compares VA Care to Community Care for Veterans Receiving Elective Coronary Revascularization
    This observational study compared access, quality, and cost of elective coronary revascularization procedures between VA and community care (CC) hospitals. Findings showed that compared to CC hospitals, Veterans who underwent PCI in VA hospitals had lower mortality (1.5% vs. 0.65%), lower costs ($22,025 vs. $15,683), and similar readmission rates. Compared to CC hospitals, Veterans who underwent C...
    Date: January 3, 2018
  • Study Identifies which VA Mental Health Program Characteristics are Associated with Patient Satisfaction
    This study examined the relationships between a set of patient satisfaction measures and a large collection of mental health program characteristics for Veterans with a recent mental health encounter in the VA healthcare system. Findings showed that broad measures of mental healthcare program reach (i.e., proportion of patients served) and intensity (i.e., number of visits) – and nearly all measur...
    Date: May 19, 2017
  • Self-Management Intervention for Chronic Pain
    Interactive voice response (IVR) – automated telephonic technology that allows patients to report symptoms, functioning, and pain coping skill use and to receive pre-recorded information and feedback – may improve access to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic pain. This randomized trial assessed the efficacy of interactive voice response-based CBT (IVR-CBT) as compared to in-person CBT ...
    Date: April 3, 2017
  • VA Hepatitis C Care and Experiences with the Choice Program
    This study examined perspectives and experiences with the VA Choice Program among Veterans with HCV and their providers at three VAMCs in the New England region. Findings showed that the Choice Program has the potential to increase Veterans’ access to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, but Veterans and VA providers described substantial problems in the initial years of the program. Four main theme...
    Date: March 3, 2017
  • VA’s Patient Aligned Care Teams’ Challenges in Providing Care for Women Veterans
    In this study, investigators conducted interviews with primary care providers and staff in eight VA medical centers to assess provider and staff experiences with PACT, implementation of core medical home features, and facilitators and barriers encountered in providing PACT care to women Veteran patients. Findings showed that providers and staff have generally positive attitudes toward PACT. Howeve...
    Date: March 1, 2017

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( 5 of more than 63 ACCESS focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
PPO 16-337 VA-Legal Clinic Partnerships to Increase Veterans’ Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Access, Initiation, and Engagement Timko, Christine 2017-09-01
IIR 16-024 Advanced Prediction Models to Optimize Treatment and Access for Veterans with Hepatitis C Waljee, Akbar 2017-04-01
IIR 15-084 Impact of New Physician Residents on Veterans' Access to Care Kashner, Terrell 2016-06-01
IIR 12-337 Access to Specialty Care for Veterans with Complex Conditions Wagner, Todd 2015-05-01
SDP 11-411 A Multi-Faceted Intervention to Improve Alcohol Dependence Pharmacotherapy Access Hagedorn, Hildi 2014-05-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Access" publications displayed.

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The most recent "Access" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
4/12/2018 Conducting a Research Study Using VINCI Simpson, Ron  
Trautman, Tim  
3/8/2018 DaVINCI – How DoD Data Came to VA DuVall, Scott  
2/22/2018 Pursuing Health Equity for Veterans with a Dedicated National Program Office—Five Years in Review Jones, Kenneth  
Uchendu, Uchenna  
2/21/2018 Timely Care in Primary Care: My VA Access Evaluation and Primary Care Analytics and Evaluation Unit Batten, Adam  
Kaboli, Peter  
1/24/2018 HERC Q&A: Trying to Understand Choice Data Wagner, Todd  
Rosen, Amy  
Vanneman, Megan  

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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&D Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation (CREATE) initiative.
  • Spotlight on Access

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