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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH

Staff Physician, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Service, SFVAHCS
Professor of Medicine, Edmund G Brown Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics, UCSF


Improving Health and Quality of Life in Older Persons

Geriatrics is the field of medicine focused on the needs of older persons.  As clinicians and researchers, we work to improve the quality of life and functioning of older people.  I am part of a research group at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF whose work is  grounded in a deep respect for older persons and a commitment to improving their health, well-being, and quality of life.   My research is focused on disability in older persons.  Our research is identifying the reasons older persons develop difficulties with basic activities of daily living, mobility, and other problems that threaten their independence.  We have learned that many of these problems are precipitated by hospitalization.  We have also learned that medical, social, and psychological factors all conspire together to cause disability.  Our research is also focused on understanding health outcomes in older persons who have disability and improving their quality of life.  For example, our work has described the very significant sacrifices family caregivers make to improve the quality of life of their older family members.

To see Dr. Covinsky on Pub Med, click here.