New adult exam guideline available for public review

New adult exam guideline available for public review

Public feedback is encouraged on the AOA's next evidence-based clinical practice guideline as it nears completion.

"Putting this guideline out for public review provides an opportunity for an even broader perspective of input that's critically important to this process."

Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination, the newest guideline to receive revisions from the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry (EBO) Committee, is now available online for a 30-day peer and public review period.

The Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination guideline describes appropriate examination procedures for evaluation of the eye health and vision status of adult patients to ensure clear, comfortable vision.

This AOA guideline is one of two—including Pediatric Eye and Vision Examinationin the process of undergoing revisions to meet the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for evidence-based recommendations. As part of those standards, guideline development requires external review from relevant stakeholders, such as scientific and clinical experts, agencies, industry and the public.

"Putting this guideline out for public review provides an opportunity for an even broader perspective of input that's critically important to this process," says Diane Adamczyk, O.D., AOA EBO Committee chair.

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Want to participate?
Review of the Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination guideline provides the EBO Committee with the necessary feedback to know how best to reach multiple stakeholders with interest in the guideline, Dr. Adamczyk says.

To participate:

  1. Click here to access the online Peer & Public Review Comment Form.

  2. Log all comments and suggestions within the document.

  3. Forward the completed document to QualityImprovement@aoa.org.
    The peer and public review period officially begins Feb. 6, 2015, and comments will be accepted through March 10, 2015.

The completed guideline could be available during the second quarter of 2015.

Read more about the transition from consensus-based to evidence-based care and development of the AOA's first such clinical practice guideline in the January/February 2014 edition of AOA Focus (member login required).

February 6, 2015

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