Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 21, Supplement 3, pp S93–S101 | Cite as

Toward a VA women’s health research agenda: Setting evidence-based priorities to improve the health and health care of women veterans

  • Elizabeth M. Yano
  • Lori A. Bastian
  • Susan M. Frayne
  • Alexandra L. Howell
  • Linda R. Lipson
  • Geraldine McGlynn
  • Paula P. Schnurr
  • Margaret R. Seaver
  • Ann M. Spungen
  • Stephan D. Fihn


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.

Key words

women’s health research and development research priorities veterans health care quality access and evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth M. Yano
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lori A. Bastian
    • 3
    • 4
  • Susan M. Frayne
    • 5
    • 6
  • Alexandra L. Howell
    • 7
    • 8
  • Linda R. Lipson
    • 9
  • Geraldine McGlynn
    • 10
  • Paula P. Schnurr
    • 8
    • 11
  • Margaret R. Seaver
    • 12
    • 13
  • Ann M. Spungen
    • 14
    • 15
  • Stephan D. Fihn
    • 16
    • 17
  1. 1.VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center of ExcellenceVA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare SystemSepulvedaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health ServicesUCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Center for Health Services Research in Primary CareVA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  4. 4.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  5. 5.Genter for Healthcare EvaluationVA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Palo Alto Healthcare SystemPalo AltoUSA
  6. 6.Stanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA
  7. 7.VA Medical CenterWhite River JunctionUSA
  8. 8.Dartmouth Medical SchoolHanoverUSA
  9. 9.Veterans Health AdministrationVA HSR&D ServiceWashington, DCUSA
  10. 10.Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER)VA HSR&D Service, VA Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA
  11. 11.VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Medical CenterWhite River JunctionUSA
  12. 12.Primary Care Service LineVA Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA
  13. 13.Department of MedicineBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  14. 14.Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord InjuryVA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D), James J. Peter VA Medical CenterBronxUSA
  15. 15.Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  16. 16.Northwest Center for Outcomes Research in Older AdultsVA HSR&D Center of Excellence, VA Puget Sound Healthcare SystemSeattleUSA
  17. 17.Department of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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