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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