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ERIC Number: EJ900005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0890-765X
Reaching Out to Older Veterans in Need: The Elko Clinic Demonstration Project
Juretic, Meghan; Hill, Robert; Luptak, Marilyn; Rupper, Randall; Bair, Byron; Floyd, James; Westfield, Brian; Dailey, Nancy K.
Journal of Rural Health, v26 n4 p325-332 Fall 2010
Context: The challenge of providing meaningful health care services to veterans living in rural communities is a major public health concern that involves redefining the traditional facility-based model of care delivery employed in urban areas. Purpose: This paper describes the steps of a demonstration project, the Elko Telehealth Outreach Clinic. The clinic, located in Elko, Nevada, was created to meet the health care needs of veterans who expressed a desire for greater access to VA services. Methods: The Elko Telehealth Outreach Clinic is a specific example of the real-life implementation of the community-as-partner model as an operational framework for coordinating local, regional, and VA resources. The Elko Clinic provides a limited set of health care services including medication management, health education, prescription refills, routine lab tests, and specialty services through telehealth. Findings: From December 2006 to December 2007, a total of 84 unique veterans received health care services through the Elko Clinic. Conclusions: Our findings support the usefulness of an expanded community-as-partner model to guide a process for addressing the health care needs of veterans in Elko, Nevada, and they have implications for the development and maintenance of outreach clinics in other rural settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada