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.

Healthy lifestyle choices in children

March 2017. Toumbourou J, Rowland B, Renner H, Hobbs T. This review aims to provide evidence to inform effective prevention models for obesity and substance misuse in the primary and early secondary school years. It identifies risk and protective factors and factors that promote resiliency. For substance misuse, risk...

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Are libraries effective settings for accessing health information?

November 2016. Leung R, Flaherty MG, Rudd R, Toumbourou JW. This review examined evidence of the effectiveness of using public libraries as settings for health promotion and health education programs. Although very few such programs have been evaluated and reported in the literature, there is evidence that it is feasible...

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Implementing nicotine dependence and smoking cessation care in hospitals

June 2016. Wiggers J, Khanrin V, Wolfenden L. Yoong S, Paul C et al. This Evidence Check review examines models of managing nicotine dependence in health facilities under a smoke-free healthcare policy directive. The research evidence suggests that smoking cessation can be increased via a number of interventions including:...

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Consumer enablement

May 2016. Batterham R, Osborne R, McPhee C, Mech P, Townsend B. This review examined consumer enablement, defined as the specific components that combine to make a consumer engaged. This review explores this construct in the chronic disease population in relation to its determinants; the tools and instruments demonstrated...

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Evidence for the effectiveness of peer-led education for at risk youth

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...

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Healthcare performance reporting bodies

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...

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Comprehensive care

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...

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Short survey instruments for children’s diet and physical activity: the evidence

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...

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Behaviour change techniques for telephone-delivered and supported health coaching interventions

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...

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mHealth technologies for chronic disease prevention and management

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...

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