HSR&D Research Featured in Special Supplement of Women’s Health Issues
June 26, 2019
As the number of women Veterans increases, it is vital to understand their unique healthcare needs and to disseminate research findings that might affect policy and/or practice in order to improve care. Moreover, they are enrolling in cohort studies and clinical trials in greater numbers, but too few trials report results by sex or gender. Articles in a new special supplement to the journal Women’s Health Issues examine those discrepancies. The supplement, Examining Sex/Gender Differences in Veterans Affairs Research, was sponsored by VA’s Cooperative Studies Program and coordinated with VA’s Women’s Health Research Network, and features significant contributions from investigators with VA’s Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D).
“Our research program is a major driver of VA’s ability to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care for women Veterans,” said Rachel B. Ramoni, DMD, ScD, VA’s Chief Research and Development Officer. “This collection of articles highlights some of the innovative, impactful work we are doing in this area.”
Articles include commentaries providing historical context and recommendations for future research on sex/gender differences, examinations of how existing VA research addresses these differences, analyses of health and health behaviors among men and women enrolled in cohort studies of Gulf War Era Veterans, and studies on sex/gender differences in specific areas of health—from trauma and suicide to smoking and obesity. HSR&D contributors include:
- Karen Goldstein, MD, MSPH, with HSR&D’s Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation, in Durham, NC served as the supplement’s editor-in-chief and co-authored “Enrollment and Retention of Men and Women in Health Services Research & Development Trials.”
- Ruth Klap, PhD, MA, with HSR&D’s Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy, in Los Angeles, CA, and Keith Humphreys, PhD with HSR&D’s Center for Innovation to Implementation, in Palo Alto, CA. co-authored “Designing Studies for Sex and Gender Analyses: How Research can Derive Clinically Useful Knowledge for Women’s Health.”
- Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH, with HSR&D’s Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, in Minneapolis, MN, served as lead author for two articles, “Smoking Cessation among Female and Male Veterans Before and After a Randomized Trial of Proactive Outreach” and “Evidence Map: Reporting of Results by Sex or Gender in Randomized Controlled Trials with Women Veteran Participants (2008-2018) .”
- Jessica Breland, PhD, MS, with HSR&D’s Center for Innovation to Implementation, in Palo Alto, CA, served as lead author for “Obesity and Healthcare Experiences among Women and Men Veterans.”
- Karen Dyer, PhD, MPH, with HSR&D’s Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy, in Los Angeles, CA, served as lead author for “Gender Differences in Veterans’ Perceptions of Harassment on VA Grounds”.
In addition, HSR&D investigators Lori Bastian MD, MPH; Wei Duan-Porter, MD, PhD; Kristen Gray, PhD; MS; Megan Kelly, PhD; Sarah Wilson, PhD; Keith Humphreys, PhD; Ruth Klap PhD; and Elizabeth Yano, MSPH, PhD, served as guest editors for the Supplement.
Women’s Health Issues is the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, based in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.