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Archive - State of the Art Conference: Rural Health March 28-29, 2022

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 669 RURAL focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 45 RURAL focused publication briefs)

  • Timeliness of VA Purchased Community Primary Care Did Not Improve Following Early Expansion Under MISSION Act
    This study examined whether early Community Care Network (CCN) implementation impacted community primary care (PC) appointment wait times. Findings showed that expanded contracting with community providers and new provider network adequacy standards implemented through CCNs did not, in early stages, improve the timeliness of community primary care for Veterans. Wait times increased sharply for bot...
    Date: October 28, 2022
  • New Metric Determines Adequacy of VA Primary Care Staffing
    This study created a primary care provider (PCP) staffing measure using clinic-level provider FTE and number of assigned patients to identify primary care (PC) clinics at risk of insufficient staffing and describe rural-urban staffing variation. Using this metric, over the 3.5-year study period at 916 clinics, 38 (4%) were always under-staffed, 21 (2%) were always marginally staffed, and 200 (22%)...
    Date: August 4, 2022
  • 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

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( 5 of more than 33 RURAL focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
SDR 21-001 Addressing Social Determinants of Health Among Rural Veterans Gurewich, Deborah 2022-09-01
CDA 20-261 Understanding Community-based Mental Healthcare for Rural Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma Boykin, Derrecka 2022-04-01
C19 20-398 COVID-19 Impact on Biopsychosocial Factors of Loneliness in Rural Older Veterans and Caregivers Padala, Prasad 2020-08-01
CDA 18-192 Veteran Engagement Implementation Strategies to Prevent Rural Veteran Suicide Woodward, Eva 2020-07-01
IIR 16-070 Connecting Women to Care: Home-based Psychotherapy for Women with MST Living in Rural Areas Cloitre, Marylene 2018-04-01

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  • Management Briefs eBrief-no112 -- Rural Healthcare Workforce

    Management Briefs eBrief-no112 -- Rural Healthcare Workforce...Synthesis Program. Systematic Review: Rural Healthcare Workforce Approximately...population lives in rural areas, and Veterans living in rural areas represent one-third

  • Management Briefs eBrief-no38 -- Rural vs. Urban Ambulatory Healthcare

    Management Briefs eBrief-no38 -- Rural vs. Urban Ambulatory Healthcare...June 2011 A Review of the Literature: Rural vs. Urban Ambulatory Healthcare There...system who live in rural areas (as defined by VA). The Rural Veterans Care Act

  • FORUM, Summer 2017: Rural Health

    ... But truly supporting the needs of rural Veterans must go beyond providing access... Commentary Increasing Rural Veterans' Access to Care Through Research

  • FORUM, Summer 2017: Rural Health

    Partnered Research to Improve Health of Rural Veterans Teresa Hudson, PharmD, PhD...Arkansas The health and health care of rural Veterans is a major priority for the

  • FORUM, Summer 2017: Rural Health

    Contents Director's Letter The problems of rural America are high in the minds of politicians...Part of this is due to the role of rural voters in electing Donald Trump, but

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Date Title Presenter(s)
12/15/2021 A Novel Gap Staffing Metric for Primary Care Providers and Implications for Urban and Rural Areas O'Shea, Amy  
Kaboli, Peter  
Haraldsson, Bjarni  
10/13/2021 Cultivating Equitable Research Through Partnership with the Growing Rural Outreach through Veteran Engagement (GROVE) Center Wendleton, Leah  
Korshak, Lauren  
Facundo, Ray  
Fehling, Kelty  
9/23/2021 Advancing Access to Care Through Partnered Research with the Office of Rural Health Gurewich, Deborah  
Ward, Michael  
Lovejoy, Travis  
6/15/2021 An Evaluation of Firearm Injuries among Rural versus Urban Veterans: Data Validity and Early Findings Carlson, Kathleen  
Lovejoy, Travis  
4/7/2021 Rural Suicide Prevention: Reviewing the evidence and gaps Mohatt, Nate  

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