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Triangle of Healthy Caregiving for Spinal Cord Injured Veterans

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Technical Report,15 Jul 2017,14 Jul 2018

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Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System East Orange United States

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Spinal cord injury SCI is among the most devastating and disabling medical conditions affecting wounded members of the military. Veterans Affairs Healthcare System VA is the single largest SCI healthcare provider in the nation. In spite of the presence of a caregiver, accessing SCI specialty care may be further challenged with development of complexities evident in chronic SCI, the effects of aging, transportation costs, or the distance to the VA hospital or outpatient services, therefore, methods to facilitate improved access are very crucial. VA virtual health services use technology and health informatics to provide Veterans with better access and more effective care management. The VANJHCS SCI healthcare team HCT has successfully implemented Veteran-centered care for the SCID population that views Veterans and their caregivers as one system that works in partnership with the HCT. Through this partnership described as The Triangle of Healthy Caregiving, the HCT incorporates the use of virtual care technologies in their delivery of primary care and specialty services directly to the Veteran andor caregiver based on clinical needs which have been identified. The proposed project will qualitatively assess SCI Veterans, their caregivers and VA healthcare teams perspectives and experiences in the Triangle of Healthy Caregiving for SCI Veterans to determine the benefits, challenges and outcomes for everyone involved in the intervention.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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