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.

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...


Maternity service delivery models for Indigenous communities

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...


Telephone coaching for chronic disease management

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...


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...