The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program
Health research--synthesized and contextualized for use in Newfoundland and Labrador
CHRSP is an innovative program designed to increase the use of scientific evidence in healthcare decision making. Working in partnership with the provincial healthcare system to identify questions of urgent importance, CHRSP synthesizes existing research evidence and contextualizes findings to support evidence-based decisions in the Newfoundland and Labrador healthcare system.
The CHRSP approach involves decision makers and researchers working together to:
- focus on specific issues, rather than broad research themes;
- identify issues of concern to health system leaders;
- use research expertise to formulate researchable questions;
- synthesize quality research literature (systematic reviews);
- tailor the syntheses to the local context (challenges, capacities);
- report research results quickly and in usable formats.
CHRSP produces two products: 'Evidence in Context' reports are detailed evidence syntheses that take roughly six months to complete; 'Rapid Evidence Reports' are brief summaries of research evidence for topics requiring more immediate, if less detailed, analysis.