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Table 2 Report characteristics

From: User survey finds rapid evidence reviews increased uptake of evidence by Veterans Health Administration leadership to inform fast-paced health-system decision-making

Report title Survey response rate Operational partners’ description of report purpose Timeline and final report date General findings Link to report
Role of the annual physical examination in the asymptomatic adult 0/1 (0 %) No response obtained 6 weeks Comprehensive routine physical examinations are not recommended for the asymptomatic adult.
Oct 2011
Effect of geriatricians on outcomes of inpatient and outpatient Care 2/3 (67 %) Determine implementation strategy; guideline or directive; support resource allocation decisions; clinical guidance 12 weeks The impact of geriatrician involvement on patient function and healthcare utilization varies across the different models of care that include geriatricians in different roles.
May 2012
Effectiveness of intensive primary care programs 2/9 (22 %) Clinical guidance; identify future research needs; support program development and evaluation activities 16 weeks Inconsistent findings on whether these models of care reduced hospitalizations.
Nov 2012
Developing a threshold for small VA hospitals 1/4 (25 %) Guideline or directive; identify future research needs; determine implementation strategy 12 weeks A relationship between hospital size and quality measures was either not found (for adverse events) or was inconsistent (for other measures).
Feb 2013
Effects of small hospital closure on patient outcomes 1/2 (50 %) Resource allocation decisions 15 weeks Low-strength evidence that hospital closures leading to increased distance and/or time to nearest hospital may increase mortality for time-sensitive conditions.
May 2013
Relationship between time delay to colonoscopy and colorectal cancer outcomes 3/5 (60 %) Guideline or directive; clinical guidance; determine implementation strategy 16 weeks No evidence to support current policy requiring follow-up colonoscopy within 60 days of positive screening fecal occult blood tests.
May 2013
Review of reviews on specialty care topics 1/3 (33 %) Program development and evaluation activities 4 weeks Provided inventory of main findings from systematic reviews on the topics of shared decision-making in palliative care, oncology, and nephrology; interventions that reduce hospitalizations/emergency room (ER) visits for heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and interdisciplinary specialty care platforms/teams/neighborhood approaches for reducing hospitalizations/ER visits.
July 2013
Effectiveness of mandatory computer trainings on ethical, workplace, and security topics 1/1 (100 %) Performance measure; update existing review; determine implementation strategy; support program development and evaluation activities 14 weeks No studies identified.
May 2014
Primary care initial appointment wait times threshold 1/1 (100 %) Guideline or directive 6 weeks No clear support for broad use of any specific wait time standard for new patients in accessing their first primary care or mental health appointment. Offered potential options for selecting a wait time target.
July 2014
Factors that optimize therapy with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant depressions 1/3 (33 %) Clinical guidance 16 weeks High-frequency rTMS applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is the best-studied approach and it includes a FDA-cleared protocol that has been shown to improve quality of life.
July 2014
Quality of care provided by advanced practice nurses 1/2 (50 %) Inform proposed regulation 24 weeks Low-strength evidence suggesting no difference in health status, quality or life, mortality, or hospitalizations favoring either APRN or physician care in primary or urgent care settings.
Sept 2014
Updates on the prevalence of and interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities 2/2 (100 %) Guideline or directive; identify future research needs; support program development and evaluation activities; resource allocation decisions 20 weeks Moderate- and low-strength evidence of worse morbidity and mortality outcomes for some racial minority Veterans groups compared with white Veterans.
April 2015