Research & Analytics Capabilities
Evidence Synthesis & Dissemination (ES&D)
DHCC produces various types of evidence synthesis reports to inform and promote evidence-based psychological health practices in the Military Health System (MHS).
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.
Health Services & Population Research
DHCC accesses and analyzes large health and administrative datasets for the purposes of informing our research gap and implementation efforts, as well as supporting stakeholder and collaborator research efforts. Scientific proficiencies include advanced longitudinal modeling techniques, military psychological health subject matter expertise and health services research. Currently, this effort aims to examine the longitudinal trajectories of psychological health problems, as well as patterns of MHS utilization associated with such psychological health problems.
Psychological Health Research Gaps Identification & Prioritization
DHCC developed and piloted a systematic process to identify and prioritize psychological health research gaps in the MHS to inform research funding and increase the likelihood that comprehensive research portfolios will target relevant research gaps for the DoD.
Currently, there are multiple approaches to identifying and prioritizing research gaps with no gold standard approach. The team employed a structured, systematic and transparent methodology that relied on findings from authoritative sources (mostly military-specific) and incorporated published scientific literature, DoD policy and available in-progress research investments to identify and prioritize research gaps.
This will be an iterative process that is conducted annually. Year one topics were PTSD and depression, and the effort will focus on additional topics in future years.
Psychological Health Analytics
DHCC leverages access to existing Military Health System (MHS) administrative medical datasets and supports the design and implementation of novel data collection platforms to perform critical health system analytic functions:
- Clinical Surveillance analyses describe trends in mental health burden and care utilization while providing MHS leaders with important information for operations and care system planning
- Medical Intelligence analyses are inherently operational in nature and answer specific questions to support medical decision-making through actionable findings and recommendations
- Program Monitoring & Evaluation analyses assess the effectiveness of specific psychological health programs within the MHS and provide program managers with critical information to support planning and implementation
Collectively, DHCC’s portfolio of psychological health analytics inform policy development, intervention planning, and the creation of key performance metrics at both system and program levels.