Toward a VA Women's Health Research Agenda: Setting Evidence-based Priorities to Improve the Health and Health Care of Women Veterans

Authors

  • Elizabeth M. Yano PhD,

    1. VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda, CA, USA
    2. Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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  • Lori A. Bastian MD,

    1. Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
    2. Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
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  • Susan M. Frayne MD, MPH,

    1. Center for Healthcare Evaluation, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    2. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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  • Alexandra L. Howell PhD,

    1. VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT, USA
    2. Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, USA
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  • Linda R. Lipson MA,

    1. Veterans Health Administration, VA HSR&D Service, Washington, DC, USA
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  • Geraldine McGlynn MEd,

    1. Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER), VA HSR&D Service, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
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  • Paula P. Schnurr PhD,

    1. Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, USA
    2. VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT, USA
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  • Margaret R. Seaver MD, MPH,

    1. Primary Care Service Line, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
    2. Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
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  • Ann M. Spungen PhD,

    1. Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D), James J. Peter VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA
    2. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
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  • Stephan D. Fihn MD, MPH

    1. Northwest Center for Outcomes Research in Older Adults, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, WA, USA
    2. Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
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There are no conflicts of interest to declare.Address correspondence and requests for reprints to Elizabeth M. Yano, PhD: Deputy Director, VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, 16111 Plummer Street (Mailstop 152), Sepulveda, CA 91343 (e-mail: elizabeth.yano@va.gov).

Abstract

The expansion of women in the military is reshaping the veteran population, with women now constituting the fastest growing segment of eligible VA health care users. In recognition of the changing demographics and special health care needs of women, the VA Office of Research & Development recently sponsored the first national VA Women's Health Research Agenda-setting conference to map research priorities to the needs of women veterans and position VA as a national leader in Women's Health Research. This paper summarizes the process and outcomes of this effort, outlining VA's research priorities for biomedical, clinical, rehabilitation, and health services research.

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