School of Paediatrics and Child Health

Evidence synthesis at ISAC

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Prof. Karen Edmond
Professor, Consultant Paediatrician
T: +61 8 9340 8142

Dr. Natalie Strobel
Research Fellow
T: +61 8 9340 7507



Evidence synthesis guide to help provide  expertise to researchers, health service providers and policy makers:



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We aim to develop robust qualitative and quantitative evidence synthesis pathways.

We will use mixed method approaches to synthesis knowledge about:
  • access, quality and costs of health services for Aboriginal children
  • preventative and evidence-based Aboriginal child health and maternal clinical practice guidelines in collaboration with primary, secondary and tertiary health services to reduce duplication at the "pre-primary" stage of developing preventative and clinical practice guidelines for Aboriginal mothers and children.

Systematic reviews will be useful to reviewers (e.g. the CARPA, KAMS and Queensland Department of Health primary reviewers) and guideline developers who work in Aboriginal maternal child health across Australia.

We also assist with:

  • Cochrane reviews, registration of titles and training
  • Other training for evidence synthesis
  • Guidelines (for example the CARPA Guideline)
  • Reviews and complex reviews
ISAC has produced an evidence synthesis guide to help provide expertise to researchers, health service providers and policy makers. This document provides practical guidance and reference to methods that will enable individuals and teams to complete these four main areas of evidence synthesis:

  • How to determine the effectiveness of interventions
  • How to determine the gaps in the evidence on a topic
  • How to improve preventive and clinical practice guidelines
  • What other types of synthesis are available.

A list of current ISAC evidence synthesis reviews is available on request, please contact Natalie Strobel.



ISAC is currently leading or part of the following systematic reviews:

  • Standardised screening and case finding tools for developmental delay in children aged < 5 years
  • Family-centred models of care by primary healthcare services for Indigenous early childhood well being
  • Health service provider education and/or training for infant male circumcision to improve short and long term morbidity outcomes.
Gyan T, Strobel N, McAuley K, Shannon C, Newton S, Tawiah-Agyemang C, Amenga-Etego S, Owusu-Agyei S, Forbes D, Edmond K: Health service provider education and/or training in infant male circumcision to improve short- and long-term morbidity outcomes: protocol for systematic review. Syst Rev 2016, 5(1):41.
  • Interventions to improve coordination of care services
  • Continuous quality improvement: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes in primary care
  • Interventions for the delivery of anticipatory guidance in child health and development by primary care practitioners.
  • Preterm and micronutrient supplementation post-discharge




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