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Person-Directed Health Care Across the Lifespan: The Veterans Affairs Health Care System 

Person-Directed Health Care Across the Lifespan: The Veterans Affairs Health Care System
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Person-Directed Health Care Across the Lifespan: The Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Author(s):

Elizabeth L. Cobbs

, Amanda Hull

, and Alyssa Adams

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0027
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date: 13 October 2019

The VA is the largest and most comprehensive health care system in the United States today. It aims to provide integrated, seamless continuum of person-directed care blending healing approaches across the lifespan. This chapter reviews the VA elements that support this highly sophisticated and effective system, including primary care, mental health, geriatrics, extended care and palliative care, integrative health, and education. The chapter also provides an overview of the philosophical transformation occurring within the VA where disease care is shifting to a whole-health system where the veteran, not the disease, is at the center of care. The Integrative Health and Wellness Program at the Washington DC VA is highlighted as a program that exemplifies this transformation.

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