Veterans now have new tool to take charge of their health and health care: the Veterans Health Library (VHL) is an online library of health topics geared toward Veterans.
Topics ranging from diseases, conditions and medications, to rehabilitation and “Living with…,” can be found in the Library.
“Our intent was to provide Veterans with a Web site where they could go for reliable health information,” said Dr. Rose Mary Pries, VA’s Veterans Health Education and Informaiton Program Manager. “The VHL helps Veterans, their families and their health care teams take a more active and informed approach to managing their health conditions and sharing health care decision making—with information vetted or developed by VHA clinical experts that’s specific to Veterans’ unique needs.”
With over 1,500 health information sheets and 150 videos in the VHL, Veterans can learn about topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Agent Orange exposure, combat-related cold injury, and traumatic brain injury, just to name a few. These Veteran-specific health topics are not easily found on other health Web sites, but are featured in the VHL.
“We want to ensure that the VHL content is Veteran-focused—both in its content and design—to address the health issues that are most pressing to Veterans, their family members, and VHA clinicians right now,” explains Dr. Pries. “Equally important to clinical staff is that the information has been vetted by VHA’s subject matter experts and can used in face-to-face, telephone, and secure messaging clinical encounters.” In addition to the Veteran-specific content, the Library contains information on many common health issues and treatments.
Helps Veterans take a more informed approach to managing their health conditions.
“The VHL is not only a trusted source of Veteran-specific health information, but also a tool to strengthen the partnership between Veterans and their VHA health care teams,” says Dr. Pries.
She believes that the VHL is another great example of how VHA is “defining excellence in the 21st century” and transforming the way in which Veterans receive—and clinical staff members provide—Veteran-centered, patient-driven health care.
Visit the Veterans Health Library and take charge of your health today.