Service use and satisfaction among elderly former prisoners of war in South Carolina

B. Christopher Frueh, Julie A. Sauvageot, Jon D. Elhai, Paul B. Gold, Mark B. Hamner, George W. Arana

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Objective: This project was developed to evaluate the use of and satisfaction with Veteran's Affairs (VA) medical services and disability benefits among surviving elderly prisoners of war (POWs) in South Carolina. Method: A single-assessment quantitative survey strategy was implemented to learn more about the service use patterns and satisfaction with care of two groups of male former POWs (N = 87): those who were members of a national POW service organization and those who were not. Results: Data show that the majority of these POWs had used the VA for medical care in the previous year, received disability compensation through the VA, and were satisfied with VA primary care medical services. Furthermore, differences between these two POW groups were minimal. Conclusions: Results provide preliminary evidence that many former POWs rely heavily upon the VA for provision of primary medical and specialty care and disability compensation and that POWs are generally satisfied with the VA services and benefits they receive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-687
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

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  • Medicine(all)


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