The VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network: Amplifying Women Veterans’ Voices in VA Research
Abraham Lincoln founded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.” While women have served in every U.S. military conflict since the American Revolution, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) paid little heed to the specific needs of women Veterans for much of its early history.1 In parallel, there was scarce research focusing on women Veterans; indeed, female gender was often an exclusion criterion in earlier research studies. In that era, women Veterans’ voice in research was muted at best.
The landscape truly began to change in 2004 with the national VA women’s health research agenda-setting conference.2 The 5 years following that conference saw publication of more articles that focused on women Veterans or included women Veterans than in the prior 25 years taken together.3
Despite these achievements, the chasm between the existing evidence base and the needed evidence base remains wide. T ...
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Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 28, Issue 2 Supplement, pp 504-509
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- women’s health
- implementation research
- quality improvement
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- Susan M. Frayne MD, MPH (1) (2) (3)
- Diane V. Carney MA (1)
- Lori Bastian MD, MPH (4) (5)
- Bevanne Bean-Mayberry MD, MHS (6) (7)
- Anne Sadler PhD, RN (8) (9)
- Ruth Klap PhD (6)
- Ciaran S. Phibbs PhD (1) (10) (11) (3)
- Rachel Kimerling PhD (1) (12)
- Dawne Vogt PhD (13) (14)
- Ellen F. Yee MD, MPH (15) (16)
- Julia Y. Lin PhD (17)
- Elizabeth M. Yano PhD, MSPH (18) (6)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 2. Division of General Medical Disciplines, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 3. Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 4. VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
- 5. Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA
- 6. VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda, CA, USA
- 7. Department of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 8. VA HSR&D Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE), Mental Health Service Line, Iowa City VA Health Care System, Iowa City, IA, USA
- 9. Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, USA
- 10. Health Economics Resource Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 11. Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 12. National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 13. National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
- 14. Division of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
- 15. New Mexico VA Health Care System, Albuquerque, NM, USA
- 16. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
- 17. VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 18. Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA