EBP skills

Viva La Evidence

This YouTube song is a parody of Coldplay's Viva La Vida. It is a song all about evidence based healthcare -- a little bit about the history of evidence and then the key principles. It is licenced for educational use. EBP Optometry team members recommend it as a good breather from your EBP work, that can be used by individuals or by teachers.

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.

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.

Critical Appraisal Tool

This is a critical appraisal tool (CAT) which was designed by UNSW Medicine but is equally applicable across allied health areas including optometry. A CAT is useful when appraising research evidence, since it provides a list of key points to look for during critique, helping to identify confounding factors related to factors such as masking, randomisation, control and other forms of bias. Use the tool while you read a research paper, as a checklist or reminder of key points to look for.

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).

Introduction to EBP in Optometry


"application of knowledge to decision making in optometric practice"


EBP involves

Acquisition and use of:

                        Information skills

Description of the peer review system

What is Peer Review?


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