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Brief report: Comparison of methods to identify Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs administrative data

Ann Bangerter, BS, et al.

Figure. Flowcharts for obtaining Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veteran status using Department of Veterans Affairs health services use data compared with Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Support Service Center OIF/OEF Roster and self-reported survey data.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to serving the complex needs of veterans of the ongoing Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts. Research designed to improve VA healthcare to these veterans depends on accurate and timely identification of this cohort. This article describes alternate methods for identifying OIF/OEF veterans using national VA patient databases as well as self-reported period of service surveys and the official Veterans Health Administration Support Service Center OIF/OEF Roster. It further characterizes the differences between samples created using these methods. This analysis will improve the quality of research about OIF/OEF veterans and thereby facilitate higher quality standards of care.

Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
   Pages 815 — 822


This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Bangerter A, Gravely A, Cutting A, Clothier B, Spoont M, Sayer N. Brief report: Comparison of methods to identify Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs administrative data. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(8):815-22.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.08.0115
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