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Quality of mitral valve surgery at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Reports questioning the quality and access to care at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been constantly featured in the national press.1 In this issue of the Journal, Bakaeen and colleagues2 provide a comprehensive report on the status…

Comparing clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes between Veterans and non-Veterans with hoarding disorder

Because Veterans have higher rates of mental health conditions and both physical and mental health comorbidities are known to affect treatment outcomes, the purpose of this investigation was to compare the rates of risk factors for poor hoarding treatment outcomes…

Medical Records Flag for Suicide Risk : Predictors and Subsequent Use of Care Among Veterans With Substance Use Disorders

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system established policies to include patient record flags (PRFs) for high suicide risk in the electronic medical record to alert providers and to increase health care contacts. This study identified predictors…

Epidemiology of lower extremity peripheral artery disease in veterans

Objective: The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology, clinical features, outcomes, and predictors of mortality in veterans with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Methods: We used national data from the Veterans Health Administration from fiscal years 2009 to…

Psychotropic Pharmacotherapy Associated With QT Prolongation Among Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration issued Drug Safety Communications on several drugs associated with QT prolongation and fatal ventricular arrhythmias. Among these was citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) approved for depression and commonly used for posttraumatic…

An Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program for Veterans with Chronic Pain : Description and Initial Evaluation of Outcomes

Chronic pain conditions are prominent among Veterans. To leverage the biopsychosocial model of pain and comprehensively serve Veterans with chronic pain, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has implemented the interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program (IPRP). This study aims to…

Opioid use disorder and homelessness in the Veterans Health Administration : The challenge of multimorbidity

Objective: The aim of this study is to estimate the prevalence and sociodemographic and clinical correlates of opioid use disorder (OUD), a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, among homeless veterans nationally in the Veterans Health…

Entacapone and prostate cancer in Parkinson’s disease patients : A large Veterans Affairs healthcare system study

Background An increased incidence of prostate cancer was observed in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients treated with entacapone during a pre-approval randomized clinical trial; the relation has not been robustly investigated in the U.S. ambulatory setting. Objective To investigate whether entacapone…

Patterns of conventional and complementary non-pharmacological health practice use by US military veterans : a cross-sectional latent class analysis

BACKGROUND: Non-pharmacological therapies and practices are commonly used for both health maintenance and management of chronic disease. Patterns and reasons for use of health practices may identify clinically meaningful subgroups of users. The objectives of this study were to identify…

“Due to His Abnormal Mental State” : Exploring Accounts of Suicide among First World War Veterans Treated at the Ontario Military Hospital at Cobourg, 1919-1946

Relying on records of veterans' hospital admissions, and service and pension files of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, this paper explores authoritative accounts of First World War veterans' mortality attributed to suicide and accidental causes among veterans treated as mental cases…