Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre

What does the ERSC do?

The Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre (ERSC) appraises and synthesizes the latest data on clinical interventions, providing the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) with a state-of-the-art evidence summary on which to base its guidelines. Other ERSC activities include:

  • Developing an analytic framework and key questions in collaboration with the CTFPHC;
  • Performing scientific literature reviews;
  • Synthesizing scientific evidence in a transparent and reproducible manner;
  • Performing decision analyses, meta-analyses and cost effectiveness analysis;
  • Obtaining peer review from national and international experts;
  • Writing reports to summarize the evidence;
  • Providing technical assistance to help potential users translate evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice;
  • Conducting research on the methodology and process of developing systematic reviews and health technology assessments;
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based tools to improve clinical practice;
  • Identifying and commenting on gaps in the literature, as well as suggesting potential research questions, study designs, and analytical methods to address these gaps in future studies; and
  • Publishing results of reports in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at conferences and preparation of special journal supplements.

Each year, the CTFPHC determines the scope of topics to be assessed by the ERSC, the type of synthesis and the timelines for their completion. The CTFPHC also provides guidance to the ERSC regarding review methodology and criteria.

Members of the ERSC

  • Dr. Parminder Raina, Co-Director
  • Dr. Donna Ciliska, Co-Director
  • Dr. Diana Sherifali, Methodologist
  • Ms. Donna Fitzpatrick-Lewis, Senior Methods Manager and Research Coordinator
  • Ms. Maureen Rice, Research Librarian
  • Dr. Leslea Peirson, Research Coordinator
  • Mr. Ali Usman, Statistican
  • Ms. Meghan Kenny, Research Assistant
  • Ms. Rachel Warren, Research Assistant
  • Ms. Sharon Peck-Reid, Research Assistant