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New VA initiative calls for inviting caregivers into the room during veterans’ medical visits

February 5, 2020

From the Military Times website

In coming months, physicians at Veterans Affairs hospitals will start their patient visits with a seemingly mundane but potentially radical question: “Should someone else be in the room too?”

The move is part of a new initiative by VA leaders and the caregiver-focused Elizabeth Dole Foundation to make sure that spouses, parents and loved ones providing direct care for injured veterans are included in every step of their medical planning and treatment, something that happens inconsistently today.

Advocates said the goal is not only to improve health care for veterans but also for their families and the entire department health system.

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