Applying evidence in practice

19 August 2022
Summer 2022

There are plenty of evidence-based resources to draw on, writes Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College.

The College’s Clinical Management Guidelines (CMGs) have long been established as a key resource to inform clinical practice for all optometrists – particularly independent prescribing (IP) optometrists early in their careers – and as evidence-based guides to help make prescribing and referral decisions. Over time, with increasing experience and competence, IP optometrists generally become less reliant on the CMGs as their scope of practice widens and the complexity of the case mix increases. However, this obviously leads to the question of what other resources an IP optometrist should turn to for relevant evidence to support their practice and provide the best care for their patients.

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