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Women's Health

The percentage of women Veterans is expected to increase from 7.7% in 2008 to 14.3% in 2033. Important issues being studied include redesigning primary care service delivery for women, as well as developing screening and treatment strategies for post-deployment health issues affecting women, such as military sexual trauma.

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(5 of more than 511 WOMEN VETERANS focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 54 WOMEN VETERANS focused publication briefs)

  • Women Veterans Screening Positive for Intimate Partner Violence More Likely to Receive Mental Illness Diagnosis
    This cross-sectional study is the first large-scale investigation into the associations between intimate partner violence (IPV) and mental health using IPV clinical screening and mental health diagnosis data from VA medical records. Findings showed that female VA patients who screened positive for past-year IPV were more than twice as likely to have a mental health diagnosis – or more than two men...
    Date: December 1, 2017
  • HCV-Related Complications Increasing among Women Veterans
    This study examined gender-related differences in the incidence and prevalence of cirrhosis, decompensated cirrhosis, and hepatocellular cancer (HCC) between 2000 and 2013. Findings showed that the incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) complications was higher in men than in women. However, the rate of increase in the incidence rates of cirrhosis and decompensated cirrhosis among HCV...
    Date: November 1, 2017
  • Unintended Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use among Women Veterans
    This study sought to determine rates of contraceptive use, unmet need for prescription contraception, and unintended pregnancy in a national sample of reproductive-aged women Veterans who receive VA healthcare. Findings showed that while rates of contraceptive use, unmet contraceptive need, and unintended pregnancy among women Veterans served by VA are similar to those in the U.S. population, thes...
    Date: August 1, 2017
  • Current Diagnosis of PTSD is Risk Factor for Pregnant Women
    This analysis evaluated the associations between PTSD and antepartum complications to explore how PTSD’s pathophysiology impacts pregnancy in a large cohort of women Veterans. Findings showed that a current diagnosis of PTSD increases the risk of hypertensive/ischemic placental complications of pregnancy, specifically preeclampsia, and is a risk factor for gestational diabetes. PTSD also was assoc...
    Date: May 1, 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 38 WOMEN VETERANS focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 16-244 Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Women Veterans Martin, Jennifer 2018-02-01
IIR 16-062 Recovering from Intimate Partner Violence Through Strengths and Empowerment (RISE): Tailoring and Evaluating a Patient-Centered Counseling Intervention for Women Veterans Iverson, Katherine 2017-10-01
PPO 16-249 Improving Trauma Sensitive Primary Care for Women Veterans with Histories of Sexual Trauma Bergman, Alicia 2017-05-01
IIR 13-081 Patterns and Experiences of VA Maternity Care Coordination for Women Veterans Mattocks, Kristin 2015-05-01
VCA 15-242 Examining VACAA Implementation and Care Coordination for Women Veterans Mattocks, Kristin 2015-04-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Women Veterans" publications displayed.

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The most recent "Women Veterans" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
5/9/2018 Improving Trauma-Sensitive Primary Care for Women Veterans with Histories of Sexual Trauma: Findings from an HSR&D Pilot Project Bergman, Alicia  
Hamilton, Alison  
5/1/2018 Chronic Pain Management in Women Veterans Driscoll, Mary  
2/20/2018 Examining Women Veterans' Experiences and Perceptions of the Veterans Choice Program Mattocks, Kristin  
Mattocks, Kristin  
1/10/2018 Research Update on Cardiovascular Health in Women Veterans: Identifying and Managing Risk Factors Maher, Nancy  
Lutes, Lesley  
Moin, Tannaz  
Goldstein, Karen  
Bean-Mayberry, Bevanne  
Haskell, Sally  
Damschroder, Laura  
10/24/2017 Contraceptive care in the VA Healthcare System: New Insights from a National Survey Callegari, Lisa  
Borrero, Sonya  

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Other Resources

  • Visit VA's Office of Research & Development's Women's Health Research Program Page.
  • Visit VA's Center for Women Veterans website.
  • Watch the Women's Health video series in which HSR&D investigators discuss various aspects of their research into improving care for women Veterans.

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