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For more than a decade healthcare practitioners have been discussing the merits of evidence-based medicine. But what is evidence? Most use this term to mean the best available research evidence? And when one wants to know how well a particular diagnostic, therapeutic or preventive intervention works, the preferred type of research is using randomised controlled trails (RCTs). The Canadian task force on preventive health care, which formally introduced the concept of “levels of evidence”, has assigned RCTs the highest level of evidence.

This issue of Site News explores the Introduction of Evidence-based Medicine and Ophthalmology, Evidence Strategy, Evidence-Based Eye Care, Evidence Based Eye Care in Practice, Featured Personality, and Featured Organization.




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The Issue Features...
Evidence-Based Ophthalmology
Vol.12 No.1January & February
•  INTRODUCTION
•  EVIDENCE STRATEGY
•  EVIDENCE-BASED EYE CARE
•  EVIDENCE BASED EYE CARE IN PRACTICE
•  FEATURED PERSONALITY
•  FEATURED ORGANISATION
•  WEB LINKS
•  Talk To Us

•   Past Issues


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  • EVIDENCE BASE TO SUPPORT THE UK VISION STRATEGY

  • The UK Vision Strategy launch will mark an important new initiative, which should draw support and active co-operation from all involved in eye care. In line with Vision 2020 – a global initiative, coordinated jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) – the UK Vision Strategy aims to promote the elimination of avoidable sight loss, and improvement in the care, quality of life and opportunities of individuals and families affected by sight problems



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  • BRIDGING THE GAP TO EVIDENCE-BASED EYE CARE

  • An evidence-based practitioner as one who combines their individual knowledge and expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.


  • WHAT IS EVIDENCE-BASED OPHTHALMOLOGY? INTRODUCING THE COCHRANE EYES AND VISION GROUP

  • The modern approach is to teach doctors how to ask questions and challenge established values.What is the evidence that one treatment is better than another? How precise is a test in separating people affected by a condition from those who are not?

  • IS OPHTHALMOLOGY EVIDENCE BASED? A CLINICAL AUDIT OF THE EMERGENCY UNIT OF A REGIONAL EYE HOSPITAL

  • This study demonstrated that the majority of interventions in the ophthalmic unit were evidence based and comparable to the experience of other specialties.


  • COMPENDIUM OF EVIDENCE-BASED EYE CARE

  • The Compendium of Evidence-Based Eye Care™ will be a collection of clinical practice guidelines based on clinical evidence and expert consensus to assist the clinician in decision-making about treating specific diseases. The successful implementation of such clinical guidelines should improve quality of care by decreasing inappropriate variation and by expediting the application of effective advances into everyday practice.


  • EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE IN EYE CARE – RELEVANT RESEARCH TO INFORM PRACTICE

  • Evidence-based medicine aims to help clinicians and practitioners with information on how to care for their patients by making use of the best evidence available. This evidence invariably derived from deliberations at conferences, meetings, or unpublished and published scientific literature. “Hunches” or “gut feelings” or “expert opinions” have had an informal burial with the birth of the more formal evidence ­based medicine, which now influences clinical decision-making and practice.


  • SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION IN EYE CARE


  • Reliable websites and initiatives, which appraise and disseminate up-to-date information to produce the best available evidence, are extremely valuable.

  • VALUE-BASED MEDICINE ANALYSIS: OPHTHALMIC COST-UTILITY ANALYSES

  • It is the philosophy of Evidence-Based Ophthalmology that the best evidence based medicine should provide the foundation for knowledge, which will allow practitioners to provide the highest quality of medicine for our patients.




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  • ARCHIE COCHRANE


  • Archibald Leman Cochrane, father of evidence based medicine. He (1909–1988) was Scottish doctor. He advocated the use of reliable evidence from randomised controlled trials in informing decisions about healthcare. His advocacy of randomized controlled trials eventually led to the development of the Cochrane Library database of systematic reviews, the establishment of the UK.



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  • COCHRANE COLLABORATION

  • The Cochrane Collaboration is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization consisting of a group of more than 31,000 volunteers in more than 120 countries. The collaboration was formed to organize medical research information in a systematic way to facilitate the choices that health professionals, patients, policy makers and others face in health interventions according to the principles of evidence-based medicine.




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