Research Mentor(s): Dr. Nikhil Parekh, National VA Whole Health Educator, VA Ann Arbor Whole Health Director
Research Mentor School/College/Department: VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 14
Research is being conducted at the Ann Arbor VA hospital in order to assess their Whole Health approach to prevention and treatment, and the use of different resources among patient and staff populations. Whole Health is a system of care that focuses on what matters most to each Veteran. This approach is evidence-informed by medical literature, yet holistic and patient-driven. Multiple teams of undergraduate students began by independently researching relevant practices and modalities commonly available for Veterans and staff members by examining both material provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as other recent literature in academic journals. Using the information collected from these sources, student teams developed multiple surveys to assess the use of some of the most prominent resources available, and to gain valuable insight from users’ perspectives about how these resources have impacted their health outcomes and quality of life as a whole. At the time of publication of this abstract, the data has been collected and preliminary analysis is in process. Specific, detailed, and final results will be available at the time of the Symposium presentation. It is intended that the information gathered from these surveys will indicate what the healthcare system is doing well and what areas need improvement to optimize patient and staff well-being.