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Accuracy of Behavioral Health Variables in Oregon National Violent Death Reporting System Data: A Linked Cohort Study
Highlights a study on the accuracy of the reported behavioral health variables in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) linked with Veterans Affairs data from 2003-2017 in Oregon. Compares VA and NVDRS behavioral health variables, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, depression, and rurality of resident location, among others.
Author(s): Kathleen F. Carlson, Tess A. Gilbert, Susan DeFrancesco, et al.
Citation: Injury Epidemiology, 9, 29
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
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Perceived Benefits of Geriatric Specialty Telemedicine among Rural Patients and Caregivers
Explores the perceived benefits of a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) geriatric specialty telemedicine service (GRECC Connect), which connects geriatric interdisciplinary teams in urban areas with older veterans in rural areas through videoconferencing platforms. Summarizes results of interviews 30 rural older adults enrolled in the VHA and their caregivers about the content and quality of their GRECC Connect visits.
Author(s): Eileen M. Dryden, Meaghan A. Kennedy, Jennifer Conti, et al.
Citation: Health Services Research, 2022
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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Long Drives and Red Tape: Mapping Rural Veteran Access to Primary Care Using Causal-Loop Diagramming
Explores the factors that contribute to barriers to primary care for rural veterans. Discusses how factors such as physical distance to VA facilities, the efficacy of VA programs, and other factors combine to affect levels of primary care access for veterans in rural areas.
Author(s): Erin S. Kenzie, Mary Patzel, Erik Nelson, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1075
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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VA Forum, Summer 2022
Presents several studies on issues pertaining to healthcare delivery to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights information on myocardial infarctions, mental healthcare, and care disruption caused by the pandemic, among other topics.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Firearm Safety in Rural America
Policy brief describing the prevalence of firearm-related injuries and death in rural areas. Offers policy recommendations to mitigate the risk of rural firearm injury and death.
Author(s): Eneka Lamb, Ada Pariser, Andy Fosmire
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Physical, Speech, Rehabilitative, or Occupational Therapy Use Among Adults Aged 25–64, by Veteran Status: United States, 2019–2020
Describes the use of physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy in the past 12 months by veteran status among adults aged 25-64. Includes data for large central metro, large fringe metro, medium and small metro, and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Peter Boersma, Robin A. Cohen
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Achieving Health Equity in US Suicides: A Narrative Review and Commentary
Discusses suicide mortality disparities by different demographics, such as age, race, veteran status, and rurality, among others. Tracks suicide rates from 1999-2019 and highlights rates by specific demographic group.
Author(s): Seth W. Perry, Jacob C. Rainey, Stephen Allison, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1360
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Veteran Mobility and COVID-19
Examines veterans living in rural areas and how their mobility options, cost of transportation, use of telehealth, access to healthy food, and social isolation have been impacted by COVID-19. Discusses issues and policies related to improving healthcare transportation and access to Veterans Administration (VA) services for rural veterans. Includes data on veteran demographics and survey responses to health- and transportation-related questions.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Video Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Jill Hough, Antonio Molina
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Dakota State University, Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans' Mental Health
Report discusses a mental health training program for clergy to support the mental health of rural veterans. Discusses the focuses of the training program and highlights outcomes from the increase of access to mental health support for rural veterans.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Thrive 2021: Office of Rural Health Annual Report
Details a report on the objectives and outcomes of the VA's Office of Rural Health's (ORH) mission to improve the health and well being of rural veterans. Presents the ORH's efforts to improve access and quality of care, as well as plans to address future challenges.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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