School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
women veterans, gender-sensitive Veterans Affairs, mental health conditions, care coordination
Espinoza-Palmer, Karina Karin, "Determining the Effectiveness of Gender-based Integrated Care for Women Veterans: An Integrative Review" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4857.
As the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) improves their services to keep up with the needs of the rapidly-rising population of minority veterans, the aspects of gender-sensitive care must be tailored to the needs of women veterans. The purpose of this integrative review was to discover and critique evidence-based research studies of women veterans to determine the state of gender-sensitive care for improving access and coordination care, specifically to enhance mental health approaches needed at VA settings. The women veterans minority population is the fastest growing group of patients in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Women veterans are less likely than their male counterpart to access mental health care or gender-sensitive care services at the VA. Results revealed that twelve research studies are significantly limited for the current state of transforming the care for women veterans, and there are substantial gaps in gender analysis to assess whether the VA’s programs, policies, and initiatives are geared toward integrated issues for this minority group of veterans. The top priorities of improving delivery of gender-sensitive comprehensive care in VA settings must be further explored.