Category: Opinion

As a clinician at the VA, have you felt constrained in the past about speaking up about patient care cases?

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Should non-medical military and veteran caregivers be more involved in treatment decisions?

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Are the reported problems of long waiting times at VA medical facilities mostly due to VA not having adequate funding or improper management of resources?

Not having adequate resources Not properly managing resources Other/Don’t know Current Results

Who do you fault mostly fault for the current problems at VA medical facilities?

President Obama Eric Shinseki and VA Administration Local VA Hospitals I believe the problems are not as bad as reported in the national media outlets None of the above/Don’t know Current Results

Are care delays at VA facilities creating additional morbidity and mortality for veterans?

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Does the VA now provide enough specialized care for female veterans?

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Does the military need more consistent and effective procedures for getting mild traumatic brain injury patients back to activity?

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Do recent reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice go far enough to address sexual assault in the military?

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Should the VA standardize practice across all facilities for nurses with advanced training?

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Outreach and Communication Key to Fighting Vet Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC—When VA Secretary Eric Shinseki took his post nearly two years ago, he learned that veterans lead the nation in homelessness, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. “It was like a punch in the gut,” Shinseki told attendees at a… Read More

Lack of Interagency Communication Impedes Veterans’ Care

WASHINGTON, DC—If the federal government wants to tackle the full range of after-effects of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including providing fully for the nation’s veterans, it will need a substantial upheaval in communication between federal departments, according to… Read More

Editorial: The Illusion of Communication

I recently returned to work from a week of fly fishing for bass (Yes, I tie my own flies.) and water sports with my family in Maine. My wife’s family has maintained a classic Maine fishing cabin in the lakes… Read More