CSP #579: Long Term Health Outcomes of Women Veterans' Service During the Vietnam Era (Health ViEWS) - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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CSP #579: Long Term Health Outcomes of Women Veterans' Service During the Vietnam Era (Health ViEWS)


Data Sharing Statement

What's available?

Research data: Individual participant data

Available Documentation 


Dates Data are Available 


Access Criteria 

Research resources will be made available through the CSP #579 Repository. Once available, investigators associated with VA or non-VA nonprofit, academic, or research institutions may submit requests for access using a Research Resource Request form. All requests will be reviewed for scientific and ethical merit.  

Once approved, data access is contingent upon approval by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Research and Development (R&D) Committee. In addition, requestors must be fully compliant with VA data security, privacy and human subjects requirements. This may involve implementation of data access agreements (e.g., data use agreement).  Allowable analyses include those designed to achieve the aims in the approved proposal.

Study Characteristics


  • To determine the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mental and physical health conditions, and disability in women Vietnam-era Veterans
  • To examine the relationship between PTSD and other conditions and the Vietnam deployment experience

Era of Service



Active duty women during Vietnam era (1965-1973) with 30 days minimum of service

Study Design 

Cross-sectional cohort

Time Period 

March 2010 - August 2012




4,219 participated in both aspects of the study
Mortality data from National Death Index on 12,109

Response Rate

48.3% completed mail or telephone or both aspects

Recruitment Method    

1) Existing roster of women Vietnam-era Veterans developed for VA studies of mortality and reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes of women Vietnam Veterans
2) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Vietnam Roster
3) Self-registration through Perry Point CSP Coordinating Center

All eligible women were contacted by mail, with an option to opt-out. Those who returned the mailed survey or for whom telephone numbers were available were contacted by telephone.


$75 for mail; $75 for telephone

Data Collected

Baseline demographic, lifestyle, mental health, functional status/disability, and medical records (for comparison of self-reported data)

Data Collection Methods

Mailed questionnaire and telephone interview

Funding Source 

VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)



Selected Publications 

Kimerling R, Serpi T, Weathers F, Kilbourne AM, Kang H, Collins JF, Cypel Y, Frayne SM, Furey J, Huang GD, Reinhard MJ, Spiro A, Magruder K. Diagnostic accuracy of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI 3.0) PTSD module among female Vietnam-era veterans. J Trauma Stress. 2014;27(2):160-7.

Kang HK, Cypel Y, Kilbourne AM, Magruder KM, Serpi T, Collins JF, Frayne SM, Furey J, Huang GD, Kimerling R, Reinhard MJ, Schumacher K, Spiro A 3rd. HealthViEWS: Mortality study of female US Vietnam era veterans, 1965-2010. Am J Epidemiol. 2014;179(6):721-30.

Magruder K, Serpi T, Kimerling R, Kilbourne AM, Collins JF, Cypel Y, Frayne SM, Furey J, Huang GD, Gleason T, Reinhard MJ, Spiro A, Kang H. Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnam-Era Women Veterans: The Health of Vietnam-Era Women's Study (HealthVIEWS). JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(11):1127-34.

Sternke LM, Serpi T, Spiro A 3rd, Kimerling R, Kilbourne AM, Cypel Y, Frayne SM, Furey J, Huang GD, Reinhard MJ, Magruder K. Assessment of a Revised Wartime Experiences Scale for Vietnam-Era Women: The Health of Vietnam-Era Women's Study (HealthViEWS). Women’s Health Issues. 2017;27(4):471-477. 

More Information

Study website
Study ClinicalTrials.gov site
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00958061