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Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program

Lead Researcher and Department
Dr. Stephen Bornstein, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

Collaborators and Students
Dr. Kelli O’Brien, VP Long Term Care and Rural Health, Western Health;
Rob Kean, CHRSP Research Officer, NLCAHR;
Dr. Roger Butler, Physician And Research Team Member;
Rochelle Baker, Coordinator, Communication, Partnerships And Research Exchange Groups, NLCAHR;
Rosemary Lester, Seniors’ Resource Centre, Research Exchange Group On Aging;
Brendan Barrett, Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University;
Janice Butler, NLCAHR;
Pablo Navarro, NLCAHR;
Meagan Mackenzie, NLCAHR;
Bruce Cooper, Department of Health and Community Services NL;
Louise Jones, Eastern Health;
Karen McGrath, Central Health;
Susan Gillam, Western Health;
Boyd Rowe, Labrador-Grenfell Health

Funding Resources
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Health and Community Services, Faculty of Medicine, MUN; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health

Summary
The mission of the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) is to supply healthcare decision makers in Newfoundland and Labrador with the best, up-to-date scientific evidence on matters identified by them as being of pressing public concern. NLCAHR works with researchers, decision makers, health economists, experts in research synthesis, and subject experts to identify the health research issues that are of most pressing interest to Newfoundland and Labrador. These issues are then addressed through CHRSP.

In preparing our Evidence in Context Reports, CHRSP synthesizes findings from high-level rersearch already conducted in the subject area, such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses and health technology assessments. The approach to the synthesis varies from topic to topic, but we generally begin with consultations with the province’s health decision makers and health professionals to identify topics that are of the greatest interest to the provincial health and community services system and to prioritize those on which a substantial body of high quality research is available.

For each topic that is selected, a team is created to gather and synthesize the findings of this research and then contextualize it to the requirements, resources, and circumstances of Newfoundland and Labrador. An external reviewer then reviews the work of the project team, providing feedback to ensure validity.

The results of the synthesis project are then communicated to the province’s decision makers and health professionals in formats and forums designed to maximize their uptake into the local decision-making process.

More about CHRSP and our completed Evidence in Context Reports can be found at:
http://www.nlcahr.mun.ca/research/chrsp/

Dates
2007 -

Keywords
CU Expo 2013, Health policy, Health services, Knowledge exchange, Knowledge translation, Research synthesis

Locations
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Thematic Categories
Health Research (Health)
Aging
Health
Rural Health (Health)
Evidence Based Decision Making (Health)

Departments
NL Centre for Applied Health Research, Faculty of Medicine (STJ)