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2022 Dec 09

BMC Health Serv Res



Comparing mental and physical health of U.S. veterans by VA healthcare use: implications for generalizability of research in the VA electronic health records.


Fink DS, Stohl M, Mannes ZL, Shmulewitz D, Wall M, Gutkind S, Olfson M, Gradus J, Keyhani S, Maynard C, Keyes KM, Sherman S, Martins S, Saxon AJ, Hasin DS
BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Dec 09; 22(1):1500.
PMID: 36494829.


The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) electronic health records (EHR) offer a rich source of big data to study medical and health care questions, but patient eligibility and preferences may limit generalizability of findings. We therefore examined the representativeness of VA veterans by comparing veterans using VA healthcare services to those who do not.