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Patterns of VA and Non-VA Care for Gender-Specific Conditions among Women Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

Sadler AG. Patterns of VA and Non-VA Care for Gender-Specific Conditions among Women Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Paper presented at: Trauma Spectrum Disorders Annual Conference; 2011 Dec 9; Bethesda, MD.




Abstract:

Dr. Sadler outlined the pressing need for research to implement needed care for the increasing number of women veterans who will be receiving care at VA health care facilities. A description was given of the VA Women's Health Research Network, an initiative that includes a nationwide research consortium and a Practice-based Research Network (PBRN) that will work to partner with researchers to develop effective treatments. Given the increasing number of women veterans using the VA, their significant comorbidities, and the limited women's health experience of some VA providers, the demand for evidence-based practice and policy in women's health is great. However, researchers are hampered by lack of local mentorship, technical assistance and collaborative opportunities, and difficulties recruiting sufficient sample sizes for single-site, let alone multi-site, studies. To address this issue, Dr. Sadler reported that in 2010, the VA Health Services Research and Development Service funded the Women's Health Research Network, composed of a research consortium and a PBRN that brings together VA investigators with demonstrated interests in women's health research and investigators interested in adding women to their research





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