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Did you know that women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population? Learn more about the changing face of women Veterans and what VA is doing to meet their health care needs.

 

Barriers to Care Study

Sourcebook Volume 3

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Barriers to Care StudyBarriers to Care Study

The Office of Women's Health Services is pleased to release the results of the Barriers to Care Study.

In May 2010, Congress signed Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. Section 201 of this legislation required the VA to examine potential barriers to women Veteran’s accessing and utilizing VA health care services.  The legislation specifically identified nine focus areas; Barrier 1:  Comprehension of Eligibility Requirement and Scope of Services, Barrier 2:  Effect of Outreach Specifically Addressing Women’s Health Services, Barrier 3:  Effect of Driving Distance on Access to Care, Barrier 4:  Location and Hours, Barrier 5:  Childcare, Barrier 6:  Acceptability of Integrated Care, Barrier 7:  Gender Sensitivity, Barrier 8:  Mental Health Stigma and Barrier 9:  Safety and Comfort

To examine these topics the VA Office of Women’s Health Services awarded a contract to Altarum Institute, a non-profit independent health research organization. Altarum conducted a nation-wide telephone survey of more than 8,400 women Veterans who currently use and do not use VA services. Results of this study will assist VA in understanding the challenges women Veteran’s encounter when accessing care and  inform the future planning of services and programming so that women Veterans receive the highest quality health care.

- See more at: http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/docs/Womens%20Health%20Services_Barriers%20to%20Care%20Final%20Report_April2015.pdf

Sourcebook Volume 3: Women Veterans in the VeteranSourcebook Volume 3

Sourcebook Vol.3

Over the past two decades, VHA has rolled out numerous initiatives designed to improve access and quality of care for women Veterans. Along with clinical advances, VHA women’s health research has accelerated, providing an evidence base that further sharpens the focus on women Veterans. Sourcebook Volume 3 is a product of collaboration across VHA. Its primary purpose is to present data to inform policy and program planning as VHA implements and evaluates new ways of providing care to women Veterans. Sourcebook Volume 3—like Volumes 1 and 2—describes sociodemographic characteristics and health care utilization patterns of women Veteran patients in VHA, updated Fiscal Year 2012 data, as well as new data on costs of care and the medical condition profile of women Veterans in VHA. Read more here.

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