School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Veteran Health Administration, transitional care management, transitional care programs, veterans, transition of care, civilian healthcare setting
Gonzales, Cynthia Louise, "The Overlooked Mission-Transitional Care Programs for Veterans in Civilian Settings: An Integrative Review" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3811.
The number of veterans within the United States continues to increase. With the addition of healthcare laws, veterans can seek care within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and civilian settings. The collaboration among multiple healthcare providers must ensure veterans are provided safe and efficient care when transitioning from provider to provider. Transitional care programs (TCPs) are effective strategies to ensure that veterans receive safe and efficient healthcare. The VHA employs interventions across their healthcare settings to facilitate optimal care. A variety of TCPs were discovered during the review. Most TCPs were used in VHA settings, which revealed an opportunity to further consider TCPs in civilian settings. Improved communication, standardization of practices, and increased awareness of the multiple comorbidities affecting the veteran population are needed to successfully develop, implement, and sustain TCPs in civilian settings to ensure optimal healthcare outcomes for veterans. The focus of this integrative review (IR) was to assess research on raising the awareness of TCPs among civilian settings for veterans to obtain optimal health outcomes.