Brief report: comparison of methods to identify Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs administrative data.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Databases (Usage)
Identification (Methods)
Veterans (Identification and classification)
Author: Bangerter, Ann
Pub Date: 12/30/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Dec 30, 2010 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 260 General services Computer Subject: CD-ROM catalog; CD-ROM database; Database; Company systems management
Product: Product Code: E198380 Veterans
Organization: Government Agency: United States. Department of Veterans Affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Afghanistan; Iraq Geographic Code: 9AFGH Afghanistan; 7IRAQ Iraq
Accession Number: 246450395

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.

Ann Bangerter, BS, et al.
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