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SPRINT's Mission is to accelerate VA health services suicide prevention (SP) research that will improve care and reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Veterans.

Main Goals and Activities

  • 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 health services 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, create and support a focused health services 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.

SPRINT is organized into three main hubs:

1. Communications Hub—Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, Portland, OR.

  • Coordinate activities and strategic planning across the three hub sites
  • Collect/maintain data on evidence; active projects; research agendas
  • Identify and engage current/potential suicide prevention researchers
  • Disseminate information to the field through community of research conference calls, newsletters, email, and cyberseminars.
  • Work with the other hubs to:
    • Oversee and coordinate the program to solicit and fund planning award projects
    • Mentor and support health services SP researchers including career development

2. Data/Methods Hub: Center for Clinical Management (CCMR), Ann Arbor MI

  • Provide consultation and guidance on identification, linkage and utilization of existing databases and on developing and testing interventions designed to prevent suicidal behaviors
  • Liaison with data sources (e.g., mortality data repository)
  • Support development of materials that include methods for identifying, accessing and linking existing data sources within and outside VHA
  • Facilitate development of a set of core measures and metrics that will foster data sharing

3. Dissemination/Implementation Hub: Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research (CeMHOR), Little Rock, AR

  • Provide consultation in implementation science to support SPRINT strategic planning
  • Provide consultation on designing and conducting implementation research to researchers conducting suicide prevention research
  • Monitor progress; identify products and impact of SPRINT-supported projects

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Suicide Prevention Trials Database

VA's Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) is pleased to announce the launch of the Suicide Prevention Trials Database (SPTD). Learn more

Questions about the HSR&D website? Email the Web Team.

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.