September 2009. Fry M. This Evidence Check review found that, at the international level, nurse practitioners are active in intensive care services, emergency departments, surgical and anaesthetic services, general medical services, oncology, haematology and primary health care. There was also evidence of a positive economic impact. In NSW, barriers...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.
August 2009. Adams E, Schofield D. This Evidence Check review examined potential roles for radiology assistants in Australia. There was some evidence of cost savings and of improvements in the accuracy and timeliness of medical imaging diagnosis and of improved patient outcomes. The review found that successful implementation requires...READ MORE
May 2009. Hall J. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence around financial incentives to modify health behaviours and improve health. It found few established programs and little rigorous evaluation. The review concluded that the evidence does not support widespread use of financial incentives for behaviour change. It stated...READ MORE
April 2009. Hawe P. This Evidence Check review examines government strategies for engaging communities in rebuilding and recovery following a natural disaster. The review considers the expected impact of the bushfires on health, principles for successful community recovery, critical success factors, and anticipated outcomes. Download Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires:...READ MORE
November 2008. Fry M. This Evidence Check review examines national and international studies of after-hours care service models and the extent of their impact on acute care and ambulance services. It also identifies the models’ feasibility and acceptability, their success factors and differences according to rural, regional and metropolitan...READ MORE
November 2008. Sherrington C, Lord SR, Close JCT. This Evidence Check review identifies the types of physical activity that are most effective in reducing the risk of falls in older adults, and the frequency and intensity of physical activity that is likely to be effective. The review also identifies...READ MORE
November 2008. Bauman A. This Evidence Check report identifies physical activity measures for inclusion in population health surveys for older adults. The report includes a review of generic physical activity measures and falls-related physical activity. It also reports on issues such as balance, strength training, flexibility and adherence to,...READ MORE
November 2008. Hillman K, Chen J. This Evidence Check report reviews avenues to address conflict in end-of-life care which can occur between clinicians, between patients and their relatives, or between the relatives of patients. It also addresses conflicts within society concerning expectations of medical care. The report reviews proactive measures...READ MORE
August 2008. Bellew B. This Evidence Check review examines what types of primary prevention programs in the workplace are most likely to be effective in changing risk factors and reducing rates of chronic disease. Strong evidence was found in relation to workplace programs on tobacco control, physical activity, nutrition,...READ MORE
April 2008. Loxton D, Hosking S, Stewart-Williams J, Brookes J, Byles J. This Evidence Check review examines the impact, cost and acceptability of programs that aim to prevent domestic and family violence, including both primary prevention and prevention of recurrent incidents. The review focuses on programs that are integrative and...READ MORE