Slide 1: November 11 is Veterans Day. Where do United States veterans receive their healthcare? 75% receive non-VA facility care and 25% receive VA facility care.
Despite a majority of veterans seeing non-VA providers, in a pilot study of 102 civilian PCPs, 56% of respondents revealed to have never or rarely inquired about their patients’ military status or any familial relationships with veterans.
That which is not asked can be missed. This includes chemical and environmental exposure, mental health risks, socioeconomic barriers to healthcare, and physical exam findings specific to trauma.
- Vest BM, Kulak J, Hall VM, Homish GG. Addressing Patients’ Veteran Status: Primary Care Providers’ Knowledge, Comfort, and Educational Needs. Fam Med. 2018 Jun;50(6):455-459. PMID 29933446.
Tags: barriers to care, military, risk factors, veteran care, veterans day