Impact Of Lufkin : Rural Veterans Perceptions On Access For Quality Care
Access to quality care can mean everything to healthy living for individuals. Veterans living in rural areas are no exception and in particular make up an extraordinary demographic that often have specialized mental and health care needs due to various war traumas. (Rural Health, 2016) states that “there are 22 million Veterans nationwide, with 5.3 million who live in rural communities.” (Rural Health, 2016) continues that “fifty-seven percent of these rural Veterans are enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.” (Rural Health, 2016) also asserts that “between fiscal years 2006-2014, there was a seven percent increase in VA-enrolled rural Veterans.” It is important to assess this segment of the population’s care due to the fact that if left untreated their needs will spiral out of control and harmfully affect families and communities. Also if the care they receive is inadequate or flawed it could make their situation worse. Rural areas are well known to be lacking in quality state of the art resources, therefore it’s important to evaluate veteran’s perceptions regarding their care resources to enhance and advance rural social work practice.
Literature Review and Problem Formulation Barriers to quality care and discernment about these barriers can make or break access to an individual’s health care and affect their perception about the care available…