Evidence-based practice in Optometry
Welcome to the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) for optometry web-site. This site has been designed for students, teachers and practitioners to discover resources and develop their understanding of EBP. This web-site is one output of a 2 year Australian...
What is the process of Evidence-based Practice?
What is Evidence-based Practice? When clinical decisions are made in an evidence-based manner, we can think of this process as taking place in five steps: Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Audit. Each of the above steps are considered in detail on this ...
Evidence Based Practice Background
The term 'evidence-based medicine' was introduced by Guyatt et al in 1992 to shift the emphasis in clinical decision making from “intuition, unsystematic clinical experience, and pathophysiologic rationale” to scientific, clinically relevant rese...

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Evidence-Based Optometry– Promoting Patient Outcomes

Welcome to the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) for Optometry web-site. This site has been designed for optometry students, teachers and practitioners alike to enhance their learning of EBP and how to answer clinical questions for their patients. This site explains how to work through the EBP Process, and offers online EBP resources and case studies demonstrating use of EBP in action. The content will also be useful for any practitioner involved in the delivery of eye care including General Practitioners, Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Ophthalmic Nurses and other related health professions.

This web-site is one deliverable from a 2 year Australian Government funded project (Office for Learning & Teaching) during 2012/2013. This collaborative project spanned the 6 Optometry schools across Australia and New Zealand and this collaboration resulted in the content of this site.

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What is the process of Evidence-based Practice?

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Successful 2nd EBP Interest Group "Blended" Workshop on Critical Appraisal

On 4th March 2014, the EBP Interest Group in Optometry met for the second time. The group learnt about the third step of the EBP process by critically appraising a paper that could provide answers to their chosen scenario of blue-light blocking lenses.

EBP goes global

The EBP team finished the year in style, holding a successful meeting in Sydney on November 26th and 27th. At that meeting, team representatives from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland finalised the structure and content of the shared online resource and the plans for embedding of this material at the various schools of optometry in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Suttle joined the discussions remotely from her new post at City University in London, UK and reported back on planned dissemination activities in Europe.

Merry Christmas

The EBP Optometry team wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas. Many thanks to our supporters including the Office for Learning and Teaching and Adrian Lee. Thank you also to the optometrists and students who have participated in our workshops and EBP meetings and everyone who uses the site and endeavours to be an evidence-based teacher and/or practitioner. All the best for 2014.

Evidence-based Optometry Conference in April, 2014

A national evidence-based practice conference specifically designed for optometrists and other eye care professionals aiming to explores way of evaluating and interpreting research evidence and translating research into practice. The conference will be lead by Dr Isabelle Jalbert (UNSW) and Professor Konrad Pesudovs (Flinders). For details please contact Nicola Robinson at nicola.robinson@flinders.edu.au. When: 7th to 8th April, 2013. Where: Adelaide, Australia.

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