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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.

Many of our reports are embargoed pending journal publication, but are available for internal use by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the interim. For VA employees, to access the intranet only reports listed here, copy and paste into your browser. Once published, a final report will be available on the ESP website. If you would like to be notified when a particular report is released to the public, please contact

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  • Systematic Review - Relationship of Deployment-related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, and Anxiety Disorders [intranet only]
  • Telehealth Services Designed for Women: An Evidence Map [intranet only]
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Programs for Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery [intranet only]