Chartbook on Healthcare for Veterans
Chartbook on Healthcare for Veterans shows veterans received better care than nonveterans in areas such as vaccinations and health screenings between 2015 and 2018.
However, veterans received worse care than nonveterans when it came to access to care and prescription medications. The new analysis provides contextual health data on veterans and nonveterans, such as comparisons on smoking rates, experience with chronic pain, and prevalence of health conditions. Its findings on access to care, quality of care, and mortality rates were based on 65 quality measures. Among comparisons with nonveterans, it indicated that veterans:
- Had higher rates of vaccinations for flu, shingles, pneumonia, and tetanus.
- Had higher rates of screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.
- Had more difficulty contacting their usual source of care by phone during regular business hours.
- Were more likely to receive an inappropriate medication for older adults.
Comparisons among different groups of veterans and Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) enrollees identified disparities related to age, sex, and disability status. Some racial/ethnic disparities were also found but tended to be smaller than disparities observed among nonveterans.
The chartbook is a collaboration between AHRQ, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Health Equity, and the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Inter-Agency Workgroup.
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