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Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group

The Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group is (CEVG) is part of the Cochrane Collaboration. The CEVG is an international network of individuals dedicated to promoting EBP by working to prepare, maintain and promote access to systematic reviews of interventions to treat or prevent eye diseases or visual impairment.

This website has a range of resources that may be of interest:

Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM)

The Centre for Evidence-based Medicine is comprehensive and has great theoretical information and practical tips on EBP.

There is a range of EBM Tools that cover each step of the EBP Process.

Of specific interest may be:

Searching using PICO searches in databases

Some databases allow for a search that uses the PICO framework directly. Here are some examples to help you search for relevant secondary and primary sources for your clinical question:

Coloured or Irlen lenses for reading difficulties - Part 2: Acquire

 Searching using the PICO:

The suggested PICO from Step 1: Ask was For children with reading difficulties (P) does coloured lenses (I) improve vision and/or reading ability (0). Using the PICO table keywords and synonyms were established, developing a search string of:

Joanna Briggs Institute

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is an international non-for-profit institute based in the School of Translational Science, within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The general website provides information on evidence-based practice, syntheses using systematic reviews, resources for appraising methodological quality and also has a focus on implementing evidence-based practice.

It has a wealth of resources that are certainly worth a look. A few special mentions include:

    Searching using the MeSH vocabulary in PubMED and Medline

    Once you know the searching basics, these resources from PubMED may help you articles more efficiently by using the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) - a standard keyword vocabulary used in Medicine and related fields. According to PubMED, these resources may be of particular interest to searchers of MEDLINE®/PubMed®, and is used in the PubMed search classes offered by NLM and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse.

    How to use your PICO question to search effectively

    PICO questions help you capture all the important aspects of a question. But more than that, they help you find relevant articles to answer your question, faster! This resource provides a worksheet of how to make a PICO question and directly translate that into search terms. A worked example and tips are also provided to set you on our way to providing evidence-based advice. It is in word format so you can type into the sheet to save time.

    EBP Interest Group Introductory meeting October 2013

    Here is a pdf copy of the slides and notes used for the first EBP Interest Group meeting conducted in October 2013 at the University of New South Wales. If you are interested in a copy of the PowerPoint slides or want to participate in the group, please contact us at

    Students 4 Best Evidence website

    This is an excellent student developed Evidence Based Healthcare (EBH) site!! It is supported by the UK Cochrane Centre. Look here for general EBP information, discussion on EBP topics and lots of useful links to other EBP resources. The site also provides information and resources for each of the 5 EBP Process steps:

    Open access journals for vision

    This web-based article provides a very comprehensive table of open access journals available for opthalmology, optometry and vision.
    Citation: Leffler Christopher. Open access ophthalmology, optometry, and vision journals. [Internet]. Version 25. oculistmd. 2013 Sep 10. Available from:


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