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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 643 RURAL focused publications)

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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 34 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
COR 19-490-A Project Life Force-Rural Veterans (PLF-RV) "Suicide-Specific" Safety Planning Group Intervention over Telehealth for Rural Veterans and Veterans who do not seek VA Care: Pilot Implementation Goodman, Marianne 2021-10-01
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

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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 Korshak, Lauren  
Facundo, Ray  
Fehling, Kelty  
Wendleton, Leah  
9/23/2021 Advancing Access to Care Through Partnered Research with the Office of Rural Health Gurewich, Deborah  
Lovejoy, Travis  
Ward, Michael  
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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