Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork (SPRINT)
Steven Dobscha, MD
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).
The overall goal of SPRINT 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. The major domains of research to be supported by this CORE include:
Mark Ilgen, PhD
In collaboration with HSR&D leadership, VA operations partners, other stakeholders, and suicide prevention (SP) researchers, SPRINT will identify and prioritize gaps in SP health services research and establish a focused SP health services research agenda for SPRINT members.
"Through the development of a network of dedicated researchers, SPRINT is creating a repository containing information on current evidence, active projects, and partner priorities, and by providing methods and implementation consultation and a pilot program, we hope to facilitate high-quality, high-priority, and high-impact suicide prevention research." - PI, Steven Dobscha, MD.
Results from HSR&D Needs Assessment
This fall, 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.
For more information, or to join our listserv, email SuicidePreventionRes@va.gov.