A Department of Veterans Affairs conducted survey found that VA hospitals outperform or match neighboring non-VA hospitals in surgical quality and overall patient safety satisfaction.
The finding comes from a study conducted by VA and university researchers that was published June 26, in the Journal of Surgical Research.
“For veterans, who often have choices in where they receive care, it is in their best interest to make fully informed health care decisions," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a release. ”This study provides valuable information when faced with such an important choice.”
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Researchers at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire conducted the study. They identified VA medical centers with at least one non-VA hospital within 25 miles in three U.S. regions, the west-southwest, New England and deep south.
The study sampled 34 VA facilities and 319 neighboring non-VA hospitals, using benchmarks created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Scores from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems were also used, according to the release.