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.

The role of primary care in early detection and follow up care of cancer patients

December 2012. Emery J, Trevena L, Mazza D, Fallon-Ferguson J, Shaw K, Williams B, Varlow M. This Evidence Check review considers the role of primary care in early detection, including screening and follow-up care of patients with breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancer. Best practice models include partnerships between...

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Early assessment and diagnosis of lung cancer

December 2012. Davidson P, Luckett T, Newton P, Agar M, Daly L, Sibbritt D. This Evidence Check review investigated best practice in early assessment and diagnosis of lung cancer. Increasing awareness of risk factors and of the importance of early assessment and diagnosis among health professionals and the community is...

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Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs and the engagement of primary healthcare professionals in cancer care

November 2012. Jiwa M, McManus A, Dadich A, Hewitt V.  This Evidence Check review found that primary care is well positioned to support individuals diagnosed with cancer. Evidence-based guidelines are required to help identify patients presenting with ‘red flag’ symptoms. Research on innovations to implement guidelines, such as decision...

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Effectiveness of ‘signs and symptoms’ campaigns for lung cancer

October 2012. Gordon R, Magee C, Jones S, Phillipson L, Barrie L. Early diagnosis of lung cancer may be important in improving the survival rate and patients’ quality of life. This Evidence Check review assessed the effectiveness of ‘signs and symptoms’ campaigns in influencing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and help-seeking...

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Priority-setting methods to inform prioritisation

Priority-setting methods to inform prioritisation: a rapid review

October 2012. Mooney G, Angell B, Pares J. This Evidence Check review considers the main approaches to priority setting to support resource allocation. While knowledge about their impact on efficiency and equity is limited, the report identifies ‘opportunity cost’ and ‘the margin’ as key criteria and proposes Program Budgeting...

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Help-seeking measures in mental health

Help seeking measures in mental health: a rapid review

August 2012. Rickwood D, Thomas K, Bradford S. There is no agreed definition of help-seeking behaviour in the context of mental health and wellbeing in Australia. Based on this Evidence Check review, a standardised definition is proposed: “In the mental health context, help seeking is an adaptive coping process...

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Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

June 2012. DiGiacomo M, Davidson P, McGrath S, Dharmendra T, Thompson S. This Evidence Check review examined the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians about cancer and their susceptibility to cancer. The review also analysed available evidence about the effectiveness of programs and interventions...

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Suicide prevention interventions for Indigenous peoples

June 2012.  Clifford A, Doran CM, Tsey K. This Evidence Check review examined suicide prevention interventions targeting Indigenous peoples, including educational, social and cultural activities, an empowerment program, community level alcohol restrictions and mental health service delivery. The authors recommend a multi-strategic approach, targeted to the local community, and...

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Workplace screening programs for chronic disease prevention

Workplace screening programs for chronic disease prevention: a rapid review

May  2012. Bellew B, St George A, King L. This Evidence Check review examined the effectiveness of workplace screening programs for chronic disease prevention. It found strong evidence of effectiveness of health risk assessments (when used in combination with other interventions) in relation to tobacco use, alcohol use, dietary...

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Health benefits of public transport

Key health benefits associated with public transport: a rapid review

March 2012. Rissel C, Curac N, Greenaway M, Bauman A. This Evidence Check review identifies selected potential health benefits associated with the provision of public transport. Proximity to public transport appears to be critical. Partnerships between health and transport sectors can change behaviour if adequately resourced. A range of...

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