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Evidence-based Synthesis Program Reports

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The Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) was established to provide timely and accurate syntheses of targeted health care topics of particular importance to VA managers and policy makers and to disseminate these reports broadly throughout VA. Available reports are listed and linked below.

NOTE: Many of our reports are available only on the VA Intranet. To access the intranet only reports listed here, copy and paste into your browser if you have intranet access.

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  • Benefits and Harms of the Mediterranean Diet Compared to Other Diets [intranet only]
  • Interventions to Improve Pharmacological Adherence among Adults with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [intranet only]
  • Systematic Review of Suicide Prevention in Veterans [intranet only]
  • The Comparative Effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery in Super Obesity [intranet only]
  • Pharmacist-led Chronic Disease Management: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness and Harms Compared to Usual Care [intranet only]
  • The Effectiveness of Procedures to Remove or Occlude the Left Atrial Appendage [intranet only]
  • White Paper: The Impact of Pedometers on Chronic Conditions - A Review of Reviews [intranet only]
  • Sex Effects in High-impact Conditions for Women Veterans - Depression, Diabetes, and Chronic Pain [intranet only]
  • The Impact of Wearable Motion Sensing Technologies on Physical Activity [intranet only]
  • Evidence Brief: Comparative Effectiveness of Appointment Recall Reminder Procedures for Follow-up Appointments [intranet only]
  • Understanding the Intervention and Implementation Factors Associated with Benefits and Harms of Pay for Performance Programs in Healthcare [intranet only]
  • Comparative Effectiveness of Home-based Kidney Dialysis versus In-center or Other Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Locations [intranet only]
  • Evidence Brief: Update on Prevalence of and Interventions to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities within the VA [intranet only]
  • Mental Health Assessment and Psychosocial Interventions for Bariatric Surgery (Release Date: October 2014) [intranet only]
  • Evidence Brief: The Quality of Care Provided by Advanced Practice Nurses [intranet only]
  • Memo: An Evidence-Based Wait Time Threshold [intranet only]
  • Evidence Brief: Review of Reviews on Various Topics for August 2013 Specialty Care Mini SOTA (Release Date: September 2013) [intranet only]
  • Budget Impact Analysis: Warfarin and Newer Oral Anticoagulants for the Prevention of Stroke Among Veterans With Atrial Fibrillation [intranet only]
  • Evidence Brief: Effects of Small Hospital Closure on Patient Health Outcomes [intranet only]
  • Evidence Brief: Developing a Threshold for Small VA Hospitals: Evidence Brief on Quality and Safety (Release Date: February 2013) [intranet only]

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