Prevention services received by veterans visiting VHA facilities.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: This paper presents rates with which veterans report receiving 13 recommended health promotion and disease prevention services. Results were compared with the U.S. Healthy People 2000 goals. METHODS: Random samples of 300 men and 150 women visiting primary care clinics in six Veterans Health Affairs facilities were drawn. A 66% adjusted response rate was achieved after two mailings (n = 1,703). Weighted averages for each prevention service were calculated. RESULTS: For preventive services targeted to all age groups, both male and female veterans currently exceed the Year 2000 goal in hypertension detection and tobacco counseling. Female veterans also exceed the Year 2000 goal in "almost always" using seat belts. For prevention services targeted to specific age-gender subgroups, both male and female veterans currently exceed the Year 2000 goals for four of the six primary and secondary prevention services. CONCLUSIONS: Both male and female veterans exceed Year 2000 goals for the receipt of nearly half of the preventive services. Nevertheless, additional screening and counseling services should be made available to veterans of all age categories.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Branch, LG; Rabiner, DJ; Patterson, P; Sullivan, RJ

Published Date

  • July 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 604 - 610

PubMed ID

  • 9672955

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9672955

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-7435

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1006/pmed.1998.0333


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States