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.

Impact of using patient outcome measures in oncology

December 2011. Chen J. There is a growing interest in integrating routinely collected patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) into clinical practice. This Evidence Check review found strong evidence that PROMS improve patient-provider communication and increase patient satisfaction, and some evidence that it leads to changes in patient management, but...


Financial incentives and clinicians’ performance

Using financial incentives to improve the performance of hospital clinicians: a rapid review

November 2011. Scott A, Ait Ouakrim D. This Evidence Check review examines the use of financial incentives to improve performance in health care, including pay-for-performance models for health professionals and clinical units. The UK, US and Australia use different approaches, but there is insufficient evidence to determine their effectiveness. Download Using...


Models of care for pain management

Models of care for pain management: a rapid review

October 2011. Conway J, Higgins I. Pain, particularly persistent pain, is a multidimensional phenomenon that requires a comprehensive, integrated and multifaceted model of care. This Evidence Check review found that models of care should reflect a “stepped care” approach, which facilitates the identification and management of those at risk,...


School-based prevention of mental health problems

School based interventions

October 2011. Christensen H, Calear A, Tait R, Gosling J, Griffiths K, Murray K. This Evidence Check Review examines the effectiveness of school-based programs targeting the prevention of, or early intervention in, mental health problems in children and adolescents. It recommends: single-element prevention programs for all students; systematic identification...


Information-based interventions for injury recovery

Information based interventions for injury recovery: a rapid review

July 2011. Clay F, Collie A, McClure R, Palagyi A. This Evidence Check review examines information and educational interventions to facilitate recovery after traumatic injury. Effective interventions include legislative reform, self-help information, and education by phone, video or DVD. There is strong evidence that focusing on early debriefing to prevent post-traumatic...


Measuring efficiency in hospitals

Review of efficiency measuremen

January  2011. O’Donnell C, Nguyen K. This Evidence Check review examines modelling techniques for hospital efficiency measurements that have been used in practice to drive decisions about resource allocation. These include data envelopment analysis (DEA) and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA). Download Review of efficiency measurement methodologies to inform hospital resource allocation...


National clinical standards and cost effectiveness

January 2011. Hall J. This Evidence Check review examined the ways in which cost and cost effectiveness are being incorporated by agencies when developing Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). The authors identify a number of issues in developing guidelines, standards and indicators, and provide recommendations for addressing these. A summary of systems...


The impact of public disclosure of health performance data

The impact of public disclosure of health performance data: a rapid review

December 2010. Pearse J, Mazevska D. This Evidence Check study found no evaluations that examined the relative effectiveness of different public reporting systems and no clear evidence of the relative effectiveness of information delivery strategies. Reporting at the level of health networks, states or territories may be less effective...


Preventing musculoskeletal conditions

Effective population health interventions for the primary prevention of musculoskeletal conditions

December 2010. Parkinson L, Harris M. This Evidence Check review assesses health promotion and prevention programs for the primary prevention of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in five at-risk target groups: older people; socioeconomically disadvantaged people; Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; people at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency; and children and...


Causes of injury in Australian Aboriginal populations

Underlying causes and effects of injury in Australian Aboriginal populations: a rapid review

October 2010. Boufous S, Ivers R, Senserrick T, Martiniuk A, Clapham K. This Evidence Check review describes the kinds of injuries that have the most effect on Aboriginal communities in terms of mortality and morbidity burden, how the effects of injury differ for major Aboriginal population sub-groups, and underlying major risk factors for...