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Optometry & Vision Science

This guide is intended as a starting point for finding Library resources for Optometry study and research​

Evidence based practice

Lowest level of evidence - Studies:

Original research inc. all types of trials, Controlled TrialsClinical Trials, Cohort studies etc.

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are the highest level of evidence in this group. However, they may not be the most appropriate study design to answer your clinical question. Sometimes an observational/qualitative study is required (e.g. a question about patient/professional experiences, values, attitudes).  (Refer to Clinical question types page for a chart of question types and the best study designs for answering them).

The most important sources in the list below for EBP are the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, PubMed, and Scopus.

Health-specific sources of primary studies:

Multidisciplinary resources:

Clinical trial registries (useful for finding new, emerging evidence):

Flinders Filters

Identification of relevant literature within large biomedical databases can be difficult even for the most experienced searcher. A "search filter" identifies potentially relevant index terms and text words, tests the retrieval performance of these terms against a known set of relevant articles, and is deployed for use through the web, allowing “one click” searching.

PubMed-based search filters offer ease of access to PubMed’s unique content, including citations for the most recently published biomedical evidence still awaiting indexing. Flinders Filters has worked with Flinders Ophthalmology to develop two ophthalmology-specific search filters, one for glaucoma and one for diabetic retinopathy in Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander populations.

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