According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 15 percent of Americans live in a rural area, and those individuals are at increased risk for certain health conditions. Some rural areas have characteristics that put residents at higher risk of death—such as long travel distances to specialty and emergency care, or exposures to specific environmental hazards. In addition, rural-dwelling Americans tend to have higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. Rural residents also have higher rates of poverty, less access to healthcare, and are less likely to have health insurance. All of these factors can lead to poor health outcomes. For Veterans dwelling in rural areas, those existing health concerns are compounded by experiences unique to military service. HSR&D research into rural health comprises everything from lack of access to care, to telehealth services, to social work outreach and suicide prevention.
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(5 of more than 637 RURAL focused publications)
- Carrel MA, Clore GS, Kim S, Goto M, Perencevich EN, Sarrazin MV. Delays and declines in seasonal influenza vaccinations due to Hurricane Harvey narrow annual gaps in vaccination by race, income and rurality. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2022 Mar 16; 1-7.
- Nataliansyah MM, Zhu X, Vaughn T, Mueller K. Beyond patient care: a qualitative study of rural hospitals' role in improving community health. BMJ open. 2022 Mar 16; 12(3):e057450.
- Chen JA, DeFaccio RJ, Gelman H, Thomas ER, Indresano JA, Dawson TC, Glynn LH, Sandbrink F, Zeliadt SB. Telehealth and Rural-Urban Differences in Receipt of Pain Care in the Veterans Health Administration. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 2022 Mar 2; 23(3):466-474.
- Hadlandsmyth K, Driscoll MA, Mares JG, Au V, Miell KR, Lund BC. Rurality impacts pain care for female veterans similarly to male veterans. The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association. 2022 Feb 16.
- Carpenter DM, Hastings T, Westrick S, Mashburn P, Rosenthal M, Smith M, Kiser S, Gamble A, Brewer NT, Curran G. Rural community pharmacists' ability and interest in administering COVID-19 vaccines in the Southern United States. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA. 2022 Jan 19; doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2022.01.013.
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(5 of more than 43 RURAL focused publication briefs)
- Receipt of Video Tablets among Rural Veterans Associated with Increased Use of Mental Health Care and Less Suicidal Behavior
This study sought to evaluate the association between the escalated distribution of VA’s video-enabled tablets during the COVID-19 pandemic and rural Veterans’ mental health service use and suicide-related outcomes. Findings showed that receipt of a video tablet was associated with the increased use of mental healthcare via video and increased psychotherapy visits across all modalities. Tablets al...
Date: April 6, 2022
- Changes in the Association between Race and Urban Residence with COVID-19 Outcomes among Veterans
This study examined whether key sociodemographic and clinical risk factors for COVID-19 infection and mortality changed between February 2020 and March 2021 among more than 9 million Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. Findings showed that strongly positive associations of Black race, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) race, and urban residence with COVID-19 infection, mortality, and case fatal...
Date: October 21, 2021
- Veterans Do Not Always Receive Appropriate Continuation of OUD Medications During Surgical Hospitalizations
This study sought to describe practice patterns of perioperative buprenorphine use within VA – and patient outcomes up to 12 months following surgery. Findings showed that the majority of VA surgical patients in this study who received buprenorphine for opioid use disorder experienced a dose hold at some point during the perioperative period despite a trend in clinical guidelines recommending bupr...
Date: September 20, 2021
- Treatment Disparities for Vulnerable VA Patient Populations with Opioid Use Disorder
This study examined the association between vulnerable populations, facility characteristics, and receipt of medications for opioid use disorder (OUD). Findings showed that since the last national study of VA patients (using FY2012 data), the prevalence of receipt of medications for OUD increased overall from 33% to 41%; however, vulnerable patient populations – including women, older, Black, rura...
Date: August 18, 2020
- Patient Satisfaction with VA Virtual Care Delivered by Video-Enabled Tablet
In 2016, VA’s Offices of Rural Health and Connected Care developed a pilot initiative to distribute video-enabled tablets to Veterans who did not have the necessary technology and who had a geographic, clinical, or social barrier to in-person healthcare. During this pilot, 5,000 tablets were distributed to 6,745 patients at 86 VA facilities, with approximately half of the tablet recipients living ...
Date: April 15, 2020
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( 5 of more than 33 RURAL focused projects
|| Understanding Community-based Mental Healthcare for Rural Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma
|| COVID-19 Impact on Biopsychosocial Factors of Loneliness in Rural Older Veterans and Caregivers
|| Veteran Engagement Implementation Strategies to Prevent Rural Veteran Suicide
|| Connecting Women to Care: Home-based Psychotherapy for Women with MST Living in Rural Areas
|| Effectiveness of Telehealth Collaborative Care for Veterans with HIV in Ruraland Outlying Settings
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A Novel Gap Staffing Metric for Primary Care Providers and Implications for Urban and Rural Areas
|| O'Shea, Amy
Cultivating Equitable Research Through Partnership with the Growing Rural Outreach through Veteran Engagement (GROVE) Center
|| Wendleton, Leah
Advancing Access to Care Through Partnered Research with the Office of Rural Health
|| Gurewich, Deborah
An Evaluation of Firearm Injuries among Rural versus Urban Veterans: Data Validity and Early Findings
|| Carlson, Kathleen
Rural Suicide Prevention: Reviewing the evidence and gaps
|| Mohatt, Nate
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