Resilience may protect against the effects of poor sleep
In a study published in Military Psychology
, Dr. Susan Nicole Hastings and colleagues assessed sleep and resiliency in a group of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Hastings, who is an investigator at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina, and her team wanted to examine the relationship between poor sleep and psychological distress in otherwise healthy Veterans.
Coaching healthy behaviors in Veterans at risk for heart disease
In a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
, VA investigators examined the effectiveness of two interventions to help patients reduce their risk for heart disease. They found that an online health risk assessment was more effective at motivating Veterans to address modifiable risk factors like smoking, when combined with telephone health coaching.
Veteran profiles for VA homeless program use
VA researchers analyzed the records of over 61,000 homeless Veterans to find out which homeless assistance programs they used, how often they accessed services, and for what length of time. The team identified five different Veteran usage profiles that, they say, can inform future research into VA homeless assistance programs.