Closed on Monday, 13 April 2015, 05:00pm (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.
The NHMRC is undertaking a new program of work to summarise key findings of recent evidence reviews for the Australian public. Evidence briefs are modelled on a format used by the World Health Organisation, and aim to present research findings in a concise and user-friendly way.
It is intended they will be developed quickly in response to current clinical issues, and will be based on the highest quality evidence. Following consultation, expert commentators will be commissioned to help interpret the evidence and, where the evidence is compelling, NHMRC will issue recommendations for practice.
For topics of importance to Australians and the Australian health care system, they will help highlight what we know and do not yet know, what works and what does not work in healthcare.
NHMRC is pleased to partner with the Cochrane Collaboration, through its Australasian Cochrane Centre, to develop the first evidence briefs based on the findings of Cochrane reviews which are of particular relevance to Australia.
The NHMRC is currently seeking feedback on the following document: Evidence Brief: decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions.
This evidence brief is based on a single Cochrane Systematic Review that assesses whether decision aids can help people weigh up the potential benefits, harms, and consequences of available treatment or screening options.
The results of this review are highly relevant to the Australian health care context with the majority of the 115 included studies conducted in developed countries (15 in Australia).
The purpose of this evidence brief is to summarise the key findings of this particular review. In view of this, NHMRC is seeking feedback on whether the messages from the Cochrane review are accurately represented in the evidence brief and whether the language is clear and appropriate for the audience.
You are invited to make a submission by answering these questions listed in the online submission form. NHMRC is unable to address feedback that discusses evidence outside of this Cochrane review, given other published evidence was not considered. NHMRC will therefore only give consideration to submissions that address the consultation questions.
All submissions must be made through this online public consultation portal. If this is not possible, please contact the NHMRC Project Officer to make alternative arrangements.