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Disparities are considered differences in care or treatment that are connected to a specific racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic status. Important issues being studied include how disparities may impact access to primary care, diagnosis and treatment, and post-treatment follow-up.

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(5 of more than 589 DISPARITIES focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 51 DISPARITIES focused publication briefs)

  • Evidence Review Identifies Modest Mortality Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in VA Healthcare
    To support VA’s efforts to better understand the scale and determinants of disparities in racial and ethnic mortality – and to develop interventions to reduce disparities, investigators from the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Coordinating Center in Portland, OR conducted an evidence review of mortality disparities specific to VA. Findings showed that although VA’s equal access healthcar...
    Date: March 1, 2018
  • Racial/Ethnic and Gender Variations in Veteran Satisfaction with VA Healthcare
    This study of Veterans’ satisfaction with outpatient, inpatient, and specialist care in a diverse sample of Veterans from predominantly minority-serving VAMCs sought to better understand racial/ethnic and gender variations in healthcare satisfaction. Findings showed generally high levels of healthcare satisfaction across 16 domains, with 83% of respondents somewhat or very satisfied with VA health...
    Date: March 1, 2018
  • Medical Care Supplement Features Articles by VA Researchers on Improving the Quality and Equity of Health and Healthcare
    In 2016, HSR&D’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) hosted a state-of-the-science conference. This field-based meeting to “Engage Diverse Stakeholders and Operational Partners in Advancing Health Equity in the VA Healthcare System” brought together health equity investigators, representatives of vulnerable Vet...
    Date: September 1, 2017
  • PACT Initiative Did Not Reduce Most Disparities in Improved Hypertension or Diabetes Control among VA Patients
    This study sought to determine whether PACTs helped mitigate national racial/ethnic disparities in VA clinical outcomes, after adjusting for variable implementation and social determinants of health. Findings showed that improvements in clinical outcomes for hypertension and diabetes control had not been achieved for whites or most racial/ethnic groups four years into VA’s system-wide roll-out of ...
    Date: June 1, 2017
  • Racial Disparities in HIV Quality of Care that May Extend to Common Comorbid Conditions
    To more fully understand patterns of racial disparities in the quality of care for persons with HIV infection, this study examined a national cohort of Veterans in care for HIV in the VA healthcare system during 2013. Findings showed that racial disparities were identified in quality of care specific to HIV infection – and in the care of common comorbid conditions. Blacks were less likely than whi...
    Date: September 22, 2016

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( 5 of more than 17 DISPARITIES focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 16-040 Investigating Multi-Level Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Quality of End-of-Life Care for Veterans Kutney Lee, Ann 2018-04-01
IIR 13-080 Staying Positive: An Intervention to Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain Disparities Hausmann, Leslie 2014-10-01
SDR 13-425 Understanding Women's Disparities in Satisfaction with VA Health Care (DISC Women) Zickmund, Susan 2013-08-01
IIR 11-328 Motivating Providers to Reduce Racial Disparities in Their Own Practice Burgess, Diana 2013-06-01
IIR 10-144 Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Satisfaction with VA Care Zickmund, Susan 2011-11-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Disparities" publications displayed.

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The most recent "Disparities" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
2/22/2018 Pursuing Health Equity for Veterans with a Dedicated National Program Office—Five Years in Review Uchendu, Uchenna  
Jones, Kenneth  
12/18/2017 Using Quality Improvement Projects to Demonstrate Health Equity in Action for Vulnerable Veterans Jones, Wendell  
Katon, Jodie  
Uchendu, Uchenna  
Knight, Sara  
11/16/2017 Advancing Health Equity Through Partnered Evaluation and Action Hoggatt, Katherine  
Uchendu, Uchenna  
Frayne, Susan  
10/26/2017 New Vietnam Veteran Studies on Health and Mortality Davey, Victoria  
Uchendu, Uchenna  
9/28/2017 Promoting Health Equity with the Virtual Medical Center Uchendu, Uchenna  
Scott, Rosalyn  

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Other Resources

  • Learn more about the HSR&D Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP), which focuses on understanding what factors determine the equity or disparity associated with healthcare.
  • Learn more about how VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Partnered Evaluation program is working with the VA Office of Health Equity to understand and evaluate disparity in healthcare delivery.

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