The Centre for Evidence-Informed Health Decisions is primarily focussed on conducting research that helps people to make informed decisions about health – including health professionals, patients, and the public. The research aimed at health professionals includes developing and evaluating strategies and tools to increase the awareness and usability of evidence about interventions and skills for incorporating this into conversations with patients.
The Centre’s interdisciplinary research draws upon the areas of evidence-based practice, shared decision making, health communication, knowledge translation, and public health.
Hoffmann, T.C., Beckhaus, J,, Del Mar, C. What happens if I do nothing?” A systematic analysis of the inclusion and quantitative description of a ‘no active intervention’ option in patient decision aids. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2021; https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06444-3
- Hoffmann, T., & Del Mar, C. Patients’ expectations of the benefits and harms of treatments, screening, and tests: a systematic review. JAMA Internal Medicine,2015;175(2):274-86.
- Hoffmann, T., & Del Mar, C. Clinicians’ expectations of the benefits and harms of treatments, screening, and tests: a systematic review. JAMA Internal Medicine,2017;177:407-19.
Hoffmann T, Lewis J, Maher C. Shared decision making should be an integral part of physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapy, 2020; 107:43-49.
Hoffmann T, Del Mar C, Santhirapala R, Freeman A. Teaching clinicians shared decision making and risk communication online: an evaluation study. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, 2020, doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2020-111521.
Dimopoulos-Bick T, Osten, R, Shipway C, Trevena L, & Hoffmann T. Shared decision making implementation: a case study analysis to increase uptake in New South Wales. Australian Health Review, 2019, AH18138.
- Hoffmann, T., & Straus, S. Sharing knowledge for healthcare. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017; 177 (9):1243-4. [part of the Sharing Medicine series]
- Hoffmann, T., Légaré, F., Simmons, M., Mc Namara, K., McCaffery, K., Trevena, L., Hudson, B., Glasziou, P., & Del Mar, C. Shared decision making: what do clinicians need to know and why should they bother? MJA, 2014; 201:35-39.
- Trevena, L., Shepherd, H., Bonner, C., Jansen, J., Cust, A., Leask, J., Shadbolt, N., Del Mar, C., McCaffery, K., & Hoffmann, T. Shared decision making in Australia in 2017. ZEFQ The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Healthcare. 2017; 123-124:17-20.
- Hoffmann, T., Montori, V., & Del Mar, C. The connection between evidence-based medicine and shared decision making. JAMA, 2014;312: 1295-6.
- Hoffmann, T., Maher, C., Briffa, T., Sherrington, C., Bennell, K., Alison, J., Fiatarone Singh, M., & Glasziou, P. Prescribing exercise interventions for patients with chronic conditionsCanadian Medical Association Journal, 2016, 188 (7), 510-8.
- Glasziou, P. Making non-drug interventions easier to find and use. Australian Family Physician, 2013, 42.
Albarquoni L, Glasziou P, Bakhit M, Del Mar C, Hoffmann T. Development of a contemporary evidence-based practice workshop for health professionals with a focus on pre-appraised evidence and shared decision-making: a before-after pilot study. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, 2020; 25:1-2.
- Albarqouni, L., Hoffmann, T., Straus, S., Olsen, NR., Young, T., Ilic, D., Shaneyfelt, T., Haynes, RB., Guyatt, G., Glasziou, P. Core Competencies in Evidence-Based Practice for Health Professionals: Consensus Statement Based on a Systematic Review and Delphi Survey. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Jun 1;1(2):e180281.
- Albarqouni, L., Glasziou, P., Hoffmann, T. Completeness of the reporting of evidence based practice educational interventions: a review. Medical Education., 52(2):161-170
- Cusack, L., Desha, L., Del Mar, C., & Hoffmann, T. A qualitative study exploring high school students’ understanding of, and attitudes towards, health information and claims. Health Expectations, 2017, 20: 1163-81
- Cusack, L., Del Mar, C., Chalmers, I., & Hoffmann,T. Educational interventions to improve people’s understanding of key concepts in assessing the effects of health interventions: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 2016, 5:37
- Sharples, J., Oxman, A., Chalmers, I., Mahtani, K., Oliver, S., Collins, K., & Hoffmann, T. Critical thinking in healthcare and education. BMJ, 2017,357: j2234.
- Byambasuren, O., Sanders, S., Beller, E., Glasziou, P., 2018. Prescribable mHealth apps identified from an overview of systematic reviews. npj Digital Medicine, 1: 1
The Centre conducts workshops in evidence-based practice and shared decision making. This training is directed at health professionals and health professional students of all disciplines. The Centre also leads research about the teaching of these skills. A 3rd edition of the widely used "Evidence-Based Practice: Across the Health Professions" text has recently been published.
Some of the key collaborations and associates of this Centre include:
- Prof Lyndal Trevena
- Prof Kirsten McCaffery
- Prof Glenn Salkeld
- Prof France Légaré
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (HANDI)
- Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)
- Informed Health Choices
- Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge
- The Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto
- A NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (Ask, Share, Know: Rapid Evidence for General Practice Decisions) to improve the uptake of evidence-based practice and shared decision making in primary care. This CRE and its network of general practices identifies clinical issues and develops and tests evidence summaries and decision-making tools to solve these issues.
- A NHMRC Project Grant that is exploring the use of shared decision making about antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections in primary care.