Started in 2011, about 25 percent of the targeted number have already began participation in the program.
VA healthcare is one of the largest health care providers in the US, and fueled by the economic meltdown of 2000, the number of former servicemen and women who use the VA for primary healthcare has grown dramatically.
It’s not uncommon for healthcare providers to collect data on the overall health of its members, but the VA study goes far beyond what other organizations collect. As a part of the intake process, VA medical clerks, nurses and doctors ask veterans if they’re willing to participate,and discuss how results will be used to help other vets.
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Two of the distinguishing features of the VA’s Million Veteran Survey are: blood drawn for genetic testing; And, the VA often has access to the veteran’s service medical records (which can help to identify medical issues that may have started while the veteran was on active duty)
the Million Veteran Program is now being rolled out in various regions, but initial survey results have already been published. Almost half of all participating vets have hypertension and high cholesterol, About 40 percent have hearing problems.More than one-third have depression and more than one-third have arthritis (but not osteo or rheumatoid arthritis).
The oldest participants in the VA Million Veteran Program are older than 100.
Individual veterans participating the VA’s program need only to fill out the questionnaire and mail it to a data collection center.
participants are still being added to the program and there has been no definitive results linked to Agent Orange exposure or Gulf War syndrome.
VA healthcare operates regional hospitals and local clinics.
The Million Veteran Program has the potential to shape the services and depth of care the Veterans Healthcare system provides aging vets of previous conflict and recent vets alike.The genetic component of the program will be used to research the causes of diseases and the development of new drugs and related treatment programs --Jim Forbes on 10/29/2014.
(mandatory disclosure: I am a disaabled veteran and enrolled in MVP as soon as it was offered.)