AOA’s evidence-based process getting noticed

AOA’s evidence-based process getting noticed

AOA's rigorous adherence to new evidence-based standards has kept optometry at the forefront of clinical guideline development, and the larger health care community has taken notice.

"Optometry's representatives shared with other leaders in evidence-based health care."

Adult Eye & Vision Examination, the newest in a line of AOA clinical practice guidelines to receive updates from the Evidence-Based Optometry (EBO) Committee, was recently held up as a model during the Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N/NA) conference, March 2-3.

The "Evidence-Based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders" (E-GAPPS II) conference brought together guideline experts, doctors, researchers, policy-makers and advocates to discuss clinical guideline development, improvements and implementation.

The Adult Eye & Vision Examination guideline was presented as a prime example of how to develop clearly defined, comprehensive action statements for translation to patient care in a breakout session by Thomas Getchius, director of clinical practice at the American Academy of Neurology.

Specifically, session attendees were challenged to identify methods for dissemination and implementation based on the action statements provided in the AOA guideline.

"As the entire health care system comes into alignment with evidence-based practice, optometry represented its efforts and achievements in the evidence-based arena," says Diane Adamczyk, O.D., AOA EBO Committee chair. "Here, optometry's representatives learned from and shared information with other leaders in evidence-based health care."

AOA was one of a number of G-I-N/NA organizations represented at the conference, including the American Cancer Society, John Hopkins Clinical Guidelines Program, National Guideline Clearinghouse and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, among others.

Clinical practice guideline forthcoming
This AOA guideline is one of two—including Pediatric Eye & Vision Examination—currently in the process of undergoing revisions to meet Institute of Medicine standards,  for evidence-based recommendations outlined in 2011 and fully accepted by the AOA.

That IOM process has already resulted in publishing of the AOA's first such guideline, Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus, which will be presented in a translation to care continuing education course—titled, "I Can't Get No (Evidence-Based) Satisfaction: Practical Implementation of the AOA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Patients with Diabetes"—at Optometry's Meeting® 2015 on Thursday, June 25. This is just one of many translation courses being offered around the country.

The Adult Eye & Vision Examination guideline recently concluded peer and public review, and is anticipated to be available in its final edition by late April.

Read more about the transition from consensus-based to evidence-based care in the January/February 2014 edition of AOA Focus (member login required).

March 13, 2015

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