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Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork (SPRINT)

The overall goal of this CORE is to accelerate suicide prevention research that will lead to improvements in care, and that will ultimately result in reductions in suicide behaviors among Veterans. SPRINT’s Principal Investigators are: Steven Dobscha, MD, Director, HSR&D’s Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC); Mark Ilgen, PhD, Research Career Scientist, HSR&D’s Center for Clinical Management (CCMR); and Teresa Hudson, PhD, PharmD, Associate Director of HSR&D’s Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research (CeMHOR).

Steven Dobscha, MD

Steven Dobscha, MD

Mark Ilgen, PhD

Mark Ilgen, PhD

Teresa Hudson, PhD, PharmD

Teresa Hudson, PhD, PharmD

SPRINT Mission

To accelerate VA suicide prevention (SP) research that will improve care and reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Veterans.

SPRINT’s Goals:

  • Serve as an inclusive and collaborative network of VHA and non-VHA researchers and SP Centers of Excellence dedicated to conducting high-quality, high-priority, and high impact SP research.
  • Maintain a “state of the science” inventory of information about VHA and non-VHA health services SP research activities, VHA operations-funded SP projects, and the evidence-base for SP interventions.
  • In collaboration with stakeholders including operations partners, use the inventory to create a focused SP research agenda; and facilitate development of team-science efforts to address the agenda.
  • Support innovation and development of methodological and content expertise, and high impact projects that create, test and implement potential solutions.

Partners include:

SPRINT's Evidence Review Workgroup recently reviewed current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, prior evidence synthesis reports and publications, and active research and evaluation projects in suicide prevention to identify areas in the suicide prevention field to identify current gaps in evidence that warrant additional attention and identify topics that may be ready for development of a living systematic review (LSR): download here

HSR&D Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork (SPRINT) and Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention hosted a Virtual Conference July 9-10, 2020.

Suicide Prevention Research in VA: Developing a Continuum of Intervention and Moving Us Forward

DAY 1 presentation slides: Suicide Prevention Research in VA: Developing a Continuum of Intervention

  • Review current state of evidence, operations and research priorities, and active suicide prevention projects, with a focus on intervention research spanning a continuum from clinical care to community.
  • Highlight and discuss several ongoing research projects along this continuum.
  • Review prior research on mental health impacts (including suicidal self-directed violence) of pandemics and other national crises and introduce several COVID-19 projects in progress.

DAY 2 presentation slides: Suicide Prevention Research in VA: Moving Us Forward (a working meeting)

  • Discuss and problem-solve around barriers and facilitators to conducting suicide prevention research including in the context of COVID-19.
  • Promote new and enhance existing collaborations among researchers and operations leads to facilitate development of new suicide prevention research along the continuum.
  • Convene breakout groups to examine what the critical barriers (and potential solutions) are to doing research in the following 5 research topics: Lethal Means safety; Risk/Screening and assessment; Community & Engagement; Other interventions; and Implementation research in suicide prevention. The breakout summary can be downloaded here.

Download conference brochure.

Results from HSR&D Needs Assessment

In 2019, the SPRINT Core team solicited feedback from current and aspiring suicide prevention HSR&D researchers. The needs assessment included questions about areas of interest and expertise, and gathered input we hope will support communication, networking, and development of new collaborations. Here we provide a summary of the results from the needs assessment.

Summary of Suicide Prevention Data Review Meeting

On September 5, 2019, SPRINT convened a working meeting in Portland to synthesize an initial SPRINT research agenda and develop a set of initial project ideas to be supported by SPRINT via communications to stakeholders, pilot funding, and infrastructure. Attendees included the SPRINT Core investigator group and representatives from across ORD, DoD, NIH, the Military Suicide Research Consortium, and the VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. An Executive Summary of this meeting is provided here and a Compendium of Systematic Reviews of Suicide Prevention Topics prepared by VA's Evidence Synthesis Program in partnership with CIVIC for the meeting, located here. Topics identified from this meeting as a high priority for SPRINT to facilitate in FY2020 are located here.

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