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Resources by Topic: Veterans

Making Connections: Nationwide Implementation of Video Telehealth Tablets to Address Access Barriers in Veterans
Results of a survey of 68 facility telehealth coordinators to evaluate implementation of a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to provide tablets to high-need veterans with chronic conditions. Features statistics including demographics of tablet recipients and tablet users, with breakdowns by urban, rural, and highly rural location.
Author(s): Donna M. Zulman, Emily P. Wong, Cindie Slightam, et al.
Citation: JAMIA Open, 0(0), 1-7
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Evidence Brief: Barriers and Facilitators to Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Report details an analysis of barriers and facilitators to administering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) that are applicable to the Veterans Health Administration. Highlights a synthesis of data extracted from a number of selected studies from 2014-2019, as well as VA data from 2006-2019. Includes data focusing on rural areas.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration
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Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on Medication-assisted Treatment
Brief details the Veterans Health Administration's best practice on acute pain treatment for patients undergoing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Includes supplemental materials that highlight search strategies and evidence tables among other materials.
Additional links: Supplementary Materials
Author(s): Stephanie Veazie, Katherine Mackey, Donald Bourne, Kim Peterson
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration
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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): A Primer on Telehealth
Addresses how the Veterans Health Administration (VA) is using telehealth to increase access to care for veterans. Provides an overview of VA telehealth programs and requirements, the impact of the VA MISSION Act, issues for Congress to consider, and rural veterans.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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National Rural Health Association: Rural Veterans and Their Families Policy Paper
Policy position paper focused on supporting the health of rural veterans and their families from a community-based systems perspective. Addresses public-private partnerships, faith-based solutions, leveraging the stories of veterans using media, and the financial and economic security of rural veterans.
Author(s): David Albright, Carter Florence
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Mental Health Crisis in Colorado
Explores mental healthcare access in Colorado. News series from The Gazette details Colorado's mental healthcare system for youth, veterans, jails, and in rural areas, among other areas of disparity.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Gazette
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The Impact of Rural Social Workers and Patient-Aligned Care Teams
Podcast explores the impact social workers have on rural veterans' healthcare outcomes. Discusses the role social workers have in coordinating care, providing referrals, and overseeing the well-being of rural veterans.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Regional and Rural–Urban Variation in Opioid Prescribing in the Veterans Health Administration
Examines geographic variation in opioid prescribing patterns at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities, including by region and for rural and urban veterans. Addresses opioids prescribed per capita, prescription incidence, length of use, and prevalence of use. Includes a chart showing rural/urban per capita prescriptions over time.
Author(s): Brian C Lund, Michael E Ohl, Katherine Hadlandsmyth, Hilary J Mosher
Citation: Military Medicine
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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Impact of Availability of Telehealth Programs on Documented HIV Viral Suppression: A Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation in Veterans Health Administration
Explores the efficacy of the Veterans Administration (VA) telehealth programs in providing HIV specialty care to rural veterans. Looks at telehealth availability and evaluates the outcomes for participants.
Author(s): Michael E. Ohl, Kelly Richardson, Maria C. Rodriguez-Barradas, et al.
Citation: Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 206
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Chartbook
Presents data form the American Community Survey for Appalachia from 2013-2017. Details data pertaining to health insurance coverage, transportation, and internet access, among other measures.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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