Care coordination for women veterans: bridging the gap between systems of care

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Departmen of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Health Services Administration | Military and Veterans Studies | Women's Health


Over the past decade, the number of women Veterans receiving care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has more than doubled. Although many of the women in VHA care are Veterans of recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, other women Veterans served in previous war eras, including the Gulf and Vietnam conflicts. Previous studies have shown that women Veterans returning from war have complex health care needs including relatively high rates of chronic pain and mental health diagnoses. The increasing numbers of women Veterans receiving VA care with complex and chronic health conditions creates challenges to coordination at many levels—the patient, provider, and VHA system as a whole. Care coordination has been identified by the Institute of Medicine as a key strategy for reducing fragmentation and improving quality of care.

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Med Care. 2015 Apr;53(4 Suppl 1):S8-9. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000339. Link to article on publisher's site

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Medical care

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