Step 2 - Acquire

Answering Clinical Questions

A one page resource with an overview of a) free places to search for the evidence, b) the steps involved in searching efficiently using secondary and primary resources and c) the PICO format for asking a clinical question. A great quick reference tool to print and keep for quick access to help you ask and acquire literature.

Journal links for eye care and vision

This resource is an alphabetical list of selected, peer-reviewed journals that may publish articles that are relevant to your practice. Those that are open-access (available without a subscription) are identified.

Research databases to search for studies in eye health

This resource provides descriptions and links to the relevant databases for optometrists, ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals.

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.

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).

ARVO abstracts assessment task

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

Introduction to EBP in Optometry


"application of knowledge to decision making in optometric practice"


EBP involves

Acquisition and use of:

                        Information skills


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