What are the barriers and facilitators to individuals’ willingness to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Summary: This summary was undertaken as a rapid evidence review for the Rhode Island Department of Health’s (RIDOH’s) Mass Vaccination Taskforce and is intended for use by RIDOH stakeholders and their partners to support decision-making for communication and health messaging campaigns about the COVID-19 vaccine and the RI vaccination program. We plan to update the review in Feb 2021 with new evidence, and bimonthly thereafter.

CESH Snacks and Synthesis Lecture Series

The Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge about what works in health care.

Come join us for a series of lectures about the findings from our latest round of systematic reviews. Each event will also feature an overview of our methods and some tools for conducting your own evidence synthesis. We’ll also provide breakfast or lunch.

Nina Joyce and Andrew Zillow team of 3 researchers receive Brown U 2020 Research Seed Awards.


The effect of a driver's license suspension on access to health care

Kristin Danko Appointed Assistant Professor

Kristin Danko, PhD recently was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice.  Danko has served as a post-doc research associate in the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health since 2018.  Danko’s area of research interest is implementation science and evidence synthesis of complex interventions.

Presentation on Mortality as an endpoint in clinical trials of trauma & critical illness

Professor Eric Benoit from Brown Medial School spoke at Brown Public on September 25, 2019 about, Mortality as an endpoint in clinical trials of trauma & critical illness. Hosted by CESH. 

Two Day Course on Rapid Reviews

CESH's Kristin Danko and consultant Megan Hall taught a Two-day course on Rapid Reviews for the CDC's Policy Research, Analysis and Development Office (PRADO) on September 12-13, 2019This session helped attendees understand the general methods of a traditional systematic review and then described the pros and cons of modifying these methods to speed up the process when time is limited. They were hosted by Jim Kucik and Rich Puddy of the CDC.

CESH Team Publishes: Web Interactive Presentation of EPC Reports: A Foray Into Interactive Reports

CESH develops an online interactive tool that allows users to obtain descriptive and analytic results for a systematic review comparing at least three treatments in various populations. In a limited evaluation, stakeholders were satisfied with the functionality of the tool and found it easy to use.

Issa Dahabreh wins SRSM Early Career Development Award

Issa Dahabreh, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice and founding member of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health (CESH) won the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM) Early Career Development Award. SRSM is a cross disciplinary society that supports and promotes the development and use of innovative and robust methods of research synthesis.

CESH launches SRDR+

CESH recently launched an updated version of the Systematic Review Data Repository. This new version, called SRDR+ (, is a free, powerful, online, collaborative system for extracting and archiving study data during systematic reviews. To our knowledge, this is the only system of its kind that is free to anybody around the world. We therefore consider SRDR+ to be a community resource.

Click here to read more about the update.

Raimondo Signs Executive Order at the Brown School of Public Health

On Wednesday, February 6, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order establishing an official target for health care spending growth in Rhode Island: 3.2% annual growth through 2022. The 3.2% growth target came out of work that Brown University's School of Public Health began last summer after receiving a $550,000 grant from the Peterson Center on Healthcare. CESH's Anya Rader Wallack, PhD is a member of the team providing cost analysis to the state.