Our research

Find out about our evidence based healthcare research, how you can access it, and how you can involve our clients or use our data in your research.

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    Evidence based healthcare

    We do research to help us decide how we cover injuries and fund treatments. We call this evidence based healthcare (EBH).

    We find and assess current international research about what causes injuries and how effective treatments are. From there we make recommendations to guide our purchasing and cover decisions.

    Our research methods

    We base our EBH methods on those of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

    Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
    Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

    Research on treatments we fund

    We have two types of documents that cover our research into medical treatments.

    Evidence based reviews

    This research collects evidence and assesses the effectiveness and safety of a medical treatment.

    Purchasing guidance

    Purchasing guidance summarises an evidence based review and recommends if we should pay towards that medical treatment.

    Research on injuries we cover

    We have two types of documents that cover our research into injuries.

    Causation and risk factor reports

    These reports look at the risks and causes of different types of injuries. They help us decide which injuries to cover.

    Reports on injury prevention and other aspects of injury

    This research assesses strategies to prevent injuries and how well they work. It sometimes looks at other aspects of injury, eg living with the effects of an injury. 

    Find our research

    You can find our evidence based healthcare research from the last five years in our resource hub:

    View our research in the resource hub

    If you want more information about our reports or access to our older ones, email our research team:

    Email research@acc.co.nz

    Our Research Ethics Committee

    Our Research Ethics Committee works to make sure we do our research ethically and in line with legislation and New Zealand best practice. The Committee needs to approve every research application that involves or affects our customers (clients, service providers or levy payers), or uses claims data that could identify them.

    Members of the Committee are from outside and inside ACC:

    External members

    • John Kleinsman, Head of Research and Director, The Nathaniel Centre
    • Hilary Stace, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University.

    ACC members

    • ACC Privacy Officer
    • Representative from the Clinical Services Directorate
    • Manager Information Strategy & Planning
    • National Manager, Cultural Services.

    Apply to involve our customers or use our data in your research

    You’ll need to apply and follow a few steps if you want to involve our customers or use our data in your research.

    1. Contact our research and evaluation team

      Talk to them about what data and information you need for your research.

      Contact us

      Costs of supplying data and recruiting clients

      If we accept your application, we may charge you for the cost of supplying data or recruiting clients for your research. These costs include printing and postage of letters and information to customers, as well as any other costs incurred through the research.
    2. Find out if you need approval from the Research Ethics Committee
      If the information or data you want can identify our customers, you’ll need to apply for approval from the Research Ethics Committee. Our research and evaluation team can help you work out if you need to apply.

      If you don’t need approval from the Ethics Committee, we'll talk about a timeframe for when you’ll get your information:

      Sort out a timeframe
    3. Apply for approval from our Research Ethics Committee
      If you need approval from our Research Ethics Committee, you’ll need to apply for approval before you start your research. Complete an application form. This should:

      - tell us about the context of your research and what you'll use our information for
      - follow the guidance written on the form
      - state all possible ethical issues along with how you’ll address them
      - have all study materials attached. This includes consent forms, letters, questionnaires and information sheets, as well as relevant materials from applications to other ethics committees
      - be less than six pages, excluding study material.

      If you want to know more about the information you need to provide, follow the guiding principles to help you improve your application.

      Research Ethics Committee application form
      Guiding principles for the Research Ethics Committee application
    4. Submit your application form to the Ethics Committee
      Your application will go in front of the Committee, which meets once a month. To consider your application the Committee needs to receive it at least two weeks before a meeting.

      Upcoming meeting dates in 2017

      - 11 October: apply by 27 September
      - 8 November: apply by 25 October
      - 13 December: apply by 29 November

      Email your completed application or any questions to the committee secretary.

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    5. Attend the Ethics Committee meeting
      You can either attend the meeting or give us a phone number to call you. The Committee can then ask you questions about your application as they review it. It's not required, but makes the application process smoother.
    6. The Ethics Committee will make a decision
      If your application is simple and straightforward, you may hear from us within a day of the meeting.

      If your application is more complex, the Committee may need you to take extra measures such as providing more information. We’ll contact you to tell you what you need to do.

      Once you meet the Committee requirements you can resubmit your application.
    7. Sort out a timeframe
      Work with our research team to sort out when and how you’ll receive your information.
    8. Sign a confidentiality agreement
      You’ll have to sign a confidentially agreement to protect our customers’ privacy before we’ll provide you with the data.
    9. Before you publish your report
      We may ask to look over your report and how you’ve interpreted any analysis of our data, before you publish it.

      Submit a copy of your research report to our research and evaluation team once you complete your project.

    Contact us

    If you have a question or want to use our clients or data for research:

    Research and Evaluation team
    Email research@acc.co.nz

    If you only need data that doesn't identify our customers for your research:

    Team Manager Response 
    Email datarequest@acc.co.nz

    To submit an application to the Ethics Committee:

    ACC Research Ethics Committee Secretary
    Email ethics@acc.co.nz

    Last published: 12/09/17