Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program

Lay Summary 

The mission of the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) is to supply healthcare decision makers in Newfoundland and Labrador with the best, up-to-date scientific evidence on matters identified by them as being of pressing public concern. NLCAHR works with researchers, decision makers, health economists, experts in research synthesis, and subject experts to identify the health research issues that are of most pressing interest to Newfoundland and Labrador. These issues are then addressed through CHRSP.

In preparing our Evidence in Context Reports, CHRSP synthesizes findings from high-level rersearch already conducted in the subject area, such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses and health technology assessments. The approach to the synthesis varies from topic to topic, but we generally begin with consultations with the province’s health decision makers and health professionals to identify topics that are of the greatest interest to the provincial health and community services system and to prioritize those on which a substantial body of high quality research is available.

For each topic that is selected, a team is created to gather and synthesize the findings of this research and then contextualize it to the requirements, resources, and circumstances of Newfoundland and Labrador. An external reviewer then reviews the work of the project team, providing feedback to ensure validity.

The results of the synthesis project are then communicated to the province’s decision makers and health professionals in formats and forums designed to maximize their uptake into the local decision-making process.

More about CHRSP and our completed Evidence in Context Reports can be found at:

NL Centre for Applied Health Research
Government Of Newfoundland And Labrador, Department Of Health And Community Services, Faculty Of Medicine, MUN
Canadian Institutes Of Health Research
Canadian Agency For Drugs And Technology In Health
Newfoundland and Labrador
Health Research
Rural Health
Evidence Based Decision Making
Industry Sectors 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Start date 
1 Jan 2007
End date 
31 Dec 2016