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...READ MORE
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.
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
March 2012. Kildea S, Van Wagner V. This Evidence Check review looked at culturally competent maternity services for Indigenous communities. The review found that core components included community involvement, midwifery-led care, a broad scope of practice, local education of midwives, integration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous approaches to birth, collaboration...READ MORE
December 2011. Dennis S, Harris M, Lloyd J, Powell Davies G, Faruqi N, Zwar N. This Evidence Check review supports the use of telephone coaching for vulnerable groups and for those with poor control of their chronic conditions. It found that telephone coaching can potentially bridge the treatment gap for...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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,...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE