May 2016. Hunt S, Kay-Lambkin F, Simmons M, Thornton L, Slade T et al. This Evidence Check examined evidence for the effectiveness of peer-led interventions for reducing alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms in at risk youth. The most common forms of peer-led education programs involved coaches or peer-support...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.
February 2016. Hibbert P, Johnston B, Wiles L, Braithwaite J. This Evidence Check review examined organisations that have a key role in healthcare performance measurement and reporting across developed economies. A total of 34 organisations from 12 countries were included in the analysis, with the aim of identifying trends...READ MORE
March 2016. Grimmer K, Kennedy K, Fulton A, Guerin M, Uy J et al. This Evidence Check examined the effect of comprehensive care in acute settings on patient outcomes. The evidence shows that initiating a comprehensive care program has the potential to lead to increased patient satisfaction, increased involvement of...READ MORE
March 2016. Flood V, Gwynn J, Gifford J, Turner N, Hardy L. Go4Fun aims to improve the health, fitness and self-esteem of children aged 7-13 years who are above a healthy weight. Survey instruments measure changes in diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. This Evidence Check analysed 27 validity/repeatability studies...READ MORE
December 2015. Benn Y, Martin J, Millings A, Norman P, Webb TL. This Evidence Check review examined the effectiveness of specific behaviour change techniques (BCTs) delivered by telephone in two areas: promoting healthy weight; and supporting parents. The review found that telephone-delivered interventions to promote healthy weight can be...READ MORE
December 2015. L Laranjo, A Lau, B Oldenburg, E Gabarron, A O’Neill et al. This Evidence Check review examines the evidence regarding the benefits, uptake and operationalisation of mHealth technologies (including short messaging services (SMS), mobile apps and wearable devices) for chronic disease management and prevention. The review found...READ MORE
December 2015. Harrison R, Walton M, Manias E. This Evidence Check review examined factors relating to positive and negative experiences of patients in Australian hospitals. It drew on qualitative studies of patient reported experiences and found that small changes to health system operations and resourcing, and the way professionals...READ MORE
November 2015. Makeham M, Pont L, Prgomet M, Carson-Stevens A, Lake R, Purdy H, Westbook J. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence of risks to patient safety in primary healthcare and the effectiveness of interventions to minimise risks. It found an increased risk of harm was associated with...READ MORE
November 2015. Tivey D, Scarfe A, Duncan J, Marlow N, Cameron A, Babidge W. This Evidence Check review was commissioned to provide evidence on research questions pertaining to workforce planning for orthotists and/or prosthetists. The review focussed on understanding the role that orthotists and prosthetists and technical support staff...READ MORE
November 2015. Fitzgerald P, Segrave R. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence for the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation in psychiatric disorders. It found insufficient evidence to support the use of deep brain stimulation as a clinical treatment for psychiatric disorders. The major focus of the review is...READ MORE