EBP Resource

Syntheses and Summaries links for eye health professionals

This resource provides links to syntheses of primary research or clinical practice guidelines specific to eye care.

Critical Appraisal Tool

This is a critical appraisal tool (CAT) which was designed by UNSW Medicine but is equally applicable across allied health areas including optometry. A CAT is useful when appraising research evidence, since it provides a list of key points to look for during critique, helping to identify confounding factors related to factors such as masking, randomisation, control and other forms of bias. Use the tool while you read a research paper, as a checklist or reminder of key points to look for.

Ask, Acquire, Appraise

This resource is a description of an assignment I have used in a postgraduate course on Evidence-based Optometry, but which could also be used at undergraduate level or by practitioners wishing to hone their EBP skills. The assignment involves working through the first three steps of the EBP process: Ask (formulating a clinical question around a clinical scenario), Acquire (obtain research evidence to address the question) and Appraise (evaluate the evidence to find the best available evidence relevant to the clinical question).

Validation of a modified Fresno Test

The modified Fresno Test shows promise as a test of EBP competency for optometrists.

ARVO abstracts assessment task

Task name: ARVO abstracts assessment/‘Hot off the press’ task.

Development and adoption of Visual Acuity charts based on the “logMAR” principles

Development and adoption of Visual Acuity charts based on the “logMAR” principles

APPLICATION OF EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE

Example of the development and adoption of Visual Acuity charts based on the “logMAR” principles

REVIEW: Development of visual acuity charts.

Introduction to EBP in Optometry

WHAT IS EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN OPTOMETRY?

"application of knowledge to decision making in optometric practice"

EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE (EBP):

EBP involves

Acquisition and use of:

                        Information skills

Clinical Research and Evidence-based Practice

This resource consists of files discussing evidence-based practice and its link with clinical research in the context of optometry. 

EBP Process

Description of the peer review system

What is Peer Review?

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