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Creating a sampling frame for population-based veteran research: Representativeness and overlap of VA and Department of Defense databases

Donna L. Washington, MD, MPH, et al.


Figure 1. Figure 1. Relative contributions of selected Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, and Veterans Benefits Administration data-bases for representing 2008 U.S. women veteran population (N = 1,802,000). Table 1 in main text shows size of each segment, A–G . DEERS = Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, NED = National Enrollment Database, CP/VETSNET = Compensation and Pension Mini File and Veterans Services Network (combined).

Although most veterans obtain healthcare outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), most veteran research is conducted in VA healthcare settings and does not address the health or healthcare of the vast majority of veterans. We describe VA and Department of Defense administrative databases available for identification of veterans for research studies. Use of these databases will expand the pool of potential research subjects beyond VA healthcare users. Veterans and those engaged in clinical practice, policy, and research involving veterans may benefit from findings generated from research studies that include the perspective of both VA users and veterans who do not use VA healthcare.

Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
   Pages 763 — 772


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Washington DL, Sun S, Canning M. Creating a sampling frame for population-based veteran research: Representativeness and overlap of VA and Department of Defense databases. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(8):763-72.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.08.0127
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1Personal communication, George Fitzgerald, III, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC); May 27, 2008.

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