Evidence Synthesis & Research Gaps Analysis

PHCoE’s Evidence Synthesis & Research Gaps Analysis effort produces various types of evidence synthesis reports to inform and promote evidence-based psychological health practices in the Military Health System (MHS). It also identifies gaps in MHS psychological health research.

We use systematic, rigorous and transparent methods to evaluate the available evidence on topics of particular importance to improving the psychological health of service members and their families. We are uniquely positioned to interact with multiple stakeholder groups to ensure our products continually reflect the areas of greatest need. We also utilize collaborative partnerships with Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) to minimize potential bias when needed.

ES&G efforts and reports help to:

  • Promote evidence-based clinical practices and policies
  • Facilitate the implementation of effective treatments and methods of care
  • Identify gaps in research and clinical knowledge to inform future research directions

Learn more in our article Establishing an Evidence Synthesis Capability For Psychological Health Topics in the Military Health System.

Types of Reports

  • Psych Health Evidence Briefs: Provide summaries of the available scientific evidence and clinical guidance on existing and potential treatments for psychological health conditions that are commonly experienced by service members.

  • Rapid Reviews: Provide summaries of available evidence on specified topics that are pertinent to informing health care decisions in a timely manner.

  • Systematic Reviews: Provide comprehensive and rigorous syntheses of the available evidence to address specific psychological health questions relevant to service members and their care.

  • Psychological Health Research Gaps: Identify and report gaps in psychological health research in order to inform and prioritize MHS research and funding to areas of greatest need and potential for impact.