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Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans. Terri Ottosen Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region University of Maryland, Baltimore. Objectives:.

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combatting information fatigue health information resources for veterans

Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans

Terri Ottosen

Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region

University of Maryland, Baltimore

objectives
Objectives:
  • Understand the unique information needs of veterans and their families
  • Utilize resources presented to locate reliable, authoritative health information specific to veterans
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to effectively identify and assess resources not covered in the class
informational needs
Informational Needs
  • 8 million Vietnam Veterans
  • 6.7 million World War II Veterans
  • 4.3 million Korean conflict Veterans
  • 697,000 Gulf War Veterans
  • 1.4 million Afghanistan/Iraq
  • Greater rates of diabetes/overweight/obese
  • 1/3 U.S. veterans suffer from arthritis
informational needs4
Informational Needs
  • Polytrauma
  • Chronic Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Limb Loss
  • Eye injuries
  • PTSD and other mental health issues
  • Health care benefits, insurance, financial issues
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Informational Needs
  • Number of uninsured veterans ~2 million
  • Rose 2x as fast as the uninsured general population
  • In Jan. 2003, health care access cut off to future veterans earning more than $30-35,000 annually on average
  • Only a minority of veterans (those disabled by military service) are automatically eligible for VA care
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Informational Needs
  • 1/3 U.S. Military personnel war in Iraq access mental health services after returning home
  • Prevalence rates of mental health concerns higher for Iraq veterans – 19.1% vs. 11.3% Afghanistan and 8.5% from other locations
  • Veterans suffering depression are 7-8x more likely to commit suicide than general population: 90:100,000 vs. 13.5:100,000
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Informational Needs
  • VA and aid groups bracing for new surge in homeless veterans in years ahead
  • Contributing factors:
    • High rates of PTSD
    • Traumatic brain injury which can cause unstable behavior and substance abuse
    • Long and repeated tours of duty which makes reintegration into families and work harder
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Informational Needs
  • Veterans: 11% adult population yet 26% of the homeless on any given day
  • In 2006, 196,000 veterans of all ages were homeless on any given night
  • Chronic cases (homeless for > year)

44,000-64,000 veterans

  • Health information needs greater than general population?
general health resources
General Health Resources
  • Evaluating what’s out there on the Internet
  • M+ : Evaluating Health Information
  • M+ : Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
  • Key Points: Who runs/pays for the site? What is the purpose? Source of info? Reviewed? Current? How are links to other sites chosen? User info collected? Able to contact? Accurate?
general resources
General Resources
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
  • Disability Information
  • MedlinePlus: Veterans and Military Health
general military health resources
General Military Health Resources
  • MyHealthE Vet
  • Deployment Health Clinical Center
  • VA Polytrauma System of Care
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Veterans and Military Health: Websites Serving NC
mental health resources
Mental Health Resources
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs Vet Center
  • National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
  • VA Mental Health
support groups and organizations
Support Groups and Organizations
  • Citizen Soldier Support Program
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Military Homefront
  • Military Onesource
  • Amputee Coalition of America
  • National Amputation Foundation
demographic group resources
Demographic Group Resources
  • Women Veterans Health Strategic Healthcare Group
  • Center for Minority Veterans
  • National Native American Veterans Association
  • BlackMilitaryWorld
spinal cord injuries and disease resources
Spinal Cord Injuries and Disease Resources
  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • SPINALCORD: Spinal Cord Injury Information Network
  • M+ Interactive Tutorial: Spinal Cord Injuries
chronic disease resources
Chronic Disease Resources
  • (WHO) World Health Organization: Chronic Diseases
  • (CDC) Centers for Disease Control: Chronic Disease Prevention
benefits resources
Benefits Resources
  • IRIS: Inquiry Routing and Information System (Veterans Affairs)
  • GovBenefits.gov
health insurance and consumer assistance
Health Insurance and Consumer Assistance
  • Navigating the Health Care System: A Resource Guide for Consumers
  • Questions and Answers about Health Insurance Guide (AHRQ)
  • Healthcare411
current awareness and other resources
Current Awareness and Other Resources
  • House Committee on Veterans Affairs Activities
  • Veterans History Project
  • Institute of Medicine: Health of Veterans and Deployed Forces
  • Blogs: Readers: Bloglines or Google Reader
    • Military Blogs (Milblogs)
valnet referral
VALNET: Referral
  • VALNET: VA Library Network
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Thank You!

Questions or Comments: National Network of Libraries of Medicine

800-338-7657

or email: tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu