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Women's Health

The percentage of women Veterans is expected to increase from 7.7% in 2008 to 14.3% in 2033. Important issues being studied include redesigning primary care service delivery for women, as well as developing screening and treatment strategies for post-deployment health issues affecting women, such as military sexual trauma.

Each section below is populated by a search of the HSR website. Search results are generated based on the search term "Women Veterans". Results are updated as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 742 WOMEN VETERANS focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 85 WOMEN VETERANS focused publication briefs)

  • Women Veterans More Likely to Have Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions and Higher Pain Interference and Intensity
    This study examined gender differences in chronic pain and its contributors. Findings showed that, compared to men, women Veterans were more likely to have chronic overlapping pain conditions and had higher levels of pain interference and intensity. Women had higher prevalence of psychiatric and sleep disorder diagnoses, greater levels of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, fatigu...
    Date: February 12, 2024
  • Research Priorities for Women Veterans’ Reproductive Health
    Held in September 2021, The National VA Reproductive Health Research Conference provided a unique opportunity to survey the current state of knowledge on women Veterans’ reproductive health and to discuss and identify research priorities that will support optimizing VA reproductive healthcare in the context of a Learning Healthcare System. Priorities highlight the need for reproductive health rese...
    Date: January 24, 2023
  • Male and Female Veterans Differ in Attitudes to Referral to VA Care after Calling the Veterans Crisis Line
    This study described Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) referral outcomes for Veterans who contacted the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) with active thoughts of suicide during calendar years 2018–2019. Reasons given for declining SPC referral suggest that concerns about or discomfort with VA care were a key concern, particularly among women Veterans. Women had a higher rate of declining SPC referrals...
    Date: January 1, 2023
  • JGIM Supplement Features VA Research on Women Veterans’ Health and Healthcare
    This special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), titled “Moving Women Veterans’ Health Research Forward,” includes 25 articles and 2 editorials that highlight innovations and new findings related to women Veterans’ health and healthcare, including the diverse needs and experiences of women Veterans and active duty and Reserve/National Guard servicewomen....
    Date: September 1, 2022
  • Despite Guidelines, Women Veterans More Likely to Receive Unrecommended Psychiatric Medications for PTSD than Men
    The primary objectives of this work were to examine PTSD prescribing practices over the last decade (2010–2019) for women and men receiving VA care – and to determine the impact of comorbid diagnoses and demographic characteristics on these practices. Findings showed that across medication classes and years, women were more likely to receive all psychiatric medications of interest. Gender differen...
    Date: July 7, 2022

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( 5 of more than 61 WOMEN VETERANS focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 20-227 Increasing PTSD Treatment Engagement in Women Veterans: Role of CBT for Insomnia Carlson, Gwendolyn 2023-01-01
CDA 20-275 Assessing Trends in STI Screening among Women Veterans in the VHA Keddem, Shimrit 2022-04-01
CDA 20-224 Examining Pre-Pregnancy Health and Maternal Outcomes among Women Veterans Quinn, Deirdre 2021-09-01
IIR 19-387 MyPath: A Patient-Centered Web-Based Intervention to Improve Reproductive Planning for Women Veterans Callegari, Lisa 2020-10-01
IIR 18-287 Strengthening Suicide Prevention Efforts for Women Veterans through the Veterans Crisis Line Dichter, Melissa 2020-07-01

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The most recent "Women Veterans" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
7/8/2024 Women Veterans’ Healthcare Provider Workforce Experiences Olmos-Ochoa, Tanya  
Zivin, Kara  
4/25/2024 Women Veterans’ Experiences of Harassment at VA Healthcare Facilities: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Need to Go? Shekelle, Jeanette  
Jackson, Discussant: Lelia  
Fenwick, Karissa  
3/18/2024 Intimate Partner Violence Experience among Women Veterans: State of the Research Iverson, Kate  
Dichter, Melissa  
Bruce, Discussant: LeAnn  
2/29/2024 Emerging Evidence on Eating Disorders Research: A Focus on Women Veterans Dognin, Discussant: Joanna  
Mitchell, Karen  
Masheb, Robin  
Strauss, Discussant: Jennifer  
9/11/2023 Preventing Firearm Suicide among Women Veterans Monteith, Lindsey  

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