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Evidence reviews

Evidence reviews are summaries of research studies that have examined how well treatments work. Evidence reviews can help you and your patients understand and predict the benefits that can be expected from a particular treatment.

WorkSafe has provided a list of evidence reviews and evidence based practice resources for healthcare providers. Evidence reviews are summaries of research studies that have examined how well treatments work.

The following evidence reviews have been developed by the WorkSafe and the TAC Evidence Service, a service provided by the Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) based at Monash University.

Evidence reviews must be objective, and not influenced by parties with vested interests. The Evidence Service uses independent reviewers who have full editorial control of the reviews.

WorkSafe uses evidence reviews in its policy development and as a guide in decision making.

Implantable pain therapies

These include intrathecal infusions and neurostimulation.

Intrathecal infusions include:

Neurostimulation includes:

Carpal tunnel release in acute injuries

Spinal injection therapies

These include epidural injections and other spinal injection therapies, such as medial branch blocks, facet joint injections, and sacro-iliac joint injections.

Radiofrequency denervation

Sedatives (Benzodiazepines) for anxiety

Non-established, New or Experimental Treatments (NENET)

Lokomat for Spinal Cord Injury

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Autologous platelet rich plasma or whole blood injections for epicondylitis

Evidence-based practice resources

Cochrane Collaboration – The Australasian Cochrane Centre

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation dedicated to the systematic collection and critical appraisal of all clinical research. The Cochrane Collaboration also contains a database of 'Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness'.

Return to Work: Knowledge Base

A free information service for employees, employers, healthcare professionals and insurers that provides concise, evidence-based information about getting injured workers back to work. Worldwide research is translated into plain English, with perspectives for each stakeholder added in an easy to read format: 

Physiotherapy Evidence Database (Pedro)

This University of Sydney site systematically collects and quality-rates clinical research that is of specific interest to physiotherapists. It includes an excellent tutorial on how to read clinical trials and a very useful set of links to other evidence-based sites of interest.

Specific health-related journals

To search for a specific article, subject or author, visit: 


Comparative effectiveness of counselling providers with different qualifications