A Sax Institute Evidence Check involves conducting a rapid review of existing research and evidence that is tailored to  a policy agency’s individual needs. Our Knowledge Exchange team then coordinates an Evidence Check Review – a concise summary of evidence that answers specific policy questions presented in a policy-friendly format.

The Evidence Check Library houses a selection of Evidence Check Reviews conducted for policy agencies over the past two years.

To commission a review call + 61 2 9188 9500 or email the Knowledge Exchange team.

Tools to aid the clinical identification of end of life

March 2017. Health Policy Analysis. This review examines the current evidence base for clinical assessment tools that can indicate or predict the likely death of people within one year. For each tool identified, a description of the populations with whom, and the settings within which, the tool could be...

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Dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease outcomes

April 2017. Collins C, Burrows T, Rollo M. This review analysed evidence from systematic reviews to assess the role of dietary patterns in both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Based on the included reviews, the DASH diet was found to be the most beneficial in addressing...

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Are libraries effective settings for accessing health information?

November 2016. Leung R, Flaherty MG, Rudd R, Toumbourou JW. This review examined evidence of the effectiveness of using public libraries as settings for health promotion and health education programs. Although very few such programs have been evaluated and reported in the literature, there is evidence that it is feasible...

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Implementing nicotine dependence and smoking cessation care in hospitals

June 2016. Wiggers J, Khanrin V, Wolfenden L. Yoong S, Paul C et al. This Evidence Check review examines models of managing nicotine dependence in health facilities under a smoke-free healthcare policy directive. The research evidence suggests that smoking cessation can be increased via a number of interventions including:...

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Consumer enablement

May 2016. Batterham R, Osborne R, McPhee C, Mech P, Townsend B. This review examined consumer enablement, defined as the specific components that combine to make a consumer engaged. This review explores this construct in the chronic disease population in relation to its determinants; the tools and instruments demonstrated...

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Evidence for the effectiveness of peer-led education for at risk youth

May 2016. Hunt S, Kay-Lambkin F, Simmons M, Thornton L, Slade T et al. This Evidence Check examined evidence for the effectiveness of peer-led interventions for reducing alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms in at risk youth. The most common forms of peer-led education programs involved coaches or peer-support...

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Healthcare performance reporting bodies

February 2016. Hibbert P, Johnston B, Wiles L, Braithwaite J. This Evidence Check review examined organisations that have a key role in healthcare performance measurement and reporting across developed economies. A total of 34 organisations from 12 countries were included in the analysis, with the aim of identifying trends...

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Comprehensive care

March 2016. Grimmer K, Kennedy K, Fulton A, Guerin M, Uy J et al.  This Evidence Check examined the effect of comprehensive care in acute settings on patient outcomes. The evidence shows that initiating a comprehensive care program has the potential to lead to increased patient satisfaction, increased involvement of...

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Behaviour change techniques for telephone-delivered and supported health coaching interventions

December 2015. Benn Y, Martin J, Millings A, Norman P, Webb TL. This Evidence Check review examined the effectiveness of specific behaviour change techniques (BCTs) delivered by telephone in two areas: promoting healthy weight; and supporting parents. The review found that telephone-delivered interventions to promote healthy weight can be...

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mHealth technologies for chronic disease prevention and management

December 2015. L Laranjo, A Lau, B Oldenburg, E Gabarron, A O’Neill et al. This Evidence Check review examines the evidence regarding the benefits, uptake and operationalisation of mHealth technologies (including short messaging services (SMS), mobile apps and wearable devices) for chronic disease management and prevention. The review found...

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