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VHA Multiple Sclerosis Surveillance Registry and its similarities to other contemporary multiple sclerosis cohorts

William J. Culpepper, PhD, MA, et al.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has provided important contributions to our understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS); however, the characteristics of the modern VHA MS population have not been adequately characterized. The purpose of this study was to characterize the modern VHA MS population and compare the demographic and clinical characteristics of the MS population in the VHA with that published from several other large MS cohorts in the United States. Based on these comparisons, we found some expected differences (VHA had more men and they were a little older), but the clinical characteristics were very similar across these cohorts. Based on these findings, the VHA MS population appears to be representative of the general MS population. Combining the extensive VHA health services encounter data with the data collected in this study provides a rich and unique cohort for future studies.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.07.0172

Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
   Pages 263 — 272


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Culpepper WJ, Wallin MT, Magder LS, Perencevich E, Royal W, Bradham DD, Cutter G, Bever CT. VHA Multiple Sclerosis Surveillance Registry and its similarities to other contemporary multiple sclerosis cohorts. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(3):263–72.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.07.0172
ResearcherID: William J. Culpepper, PhD, MA: F-1554-2015
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