Embedding evidence-based practice into your clinical decision making process

About the session

CDP ref: C-107851


This workshop is designed to demonstrate how evidence based practice underpins prescribing decisions. Different forms of valid external evidence, the hierarchy of evidence, and systems for assessing evidence quality will be discussed. The session will encourage practitioners to demonstrate effective use of the current evidence base to underpin clinical decisions relating to the management of ocular disease. Delegates will evaluate and apply the current evidence base to clinical cases to determine the most appropriate management plan based on current clinical evidence. The workshop is aimed at independant prescribing optometrists.

Target audience

  • Optometrist
  • Specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP).

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • Understands how to determine the quality of evidence used to underpin clinical decision making within optometric practice
  • Able to make clinical decisions based on the current evidence base when working within their area of competence and confidence.

Specialty CPD - AS/SP/IP optometrist

  • Able to make prescribing decisions for ocular conditions based on the current evidence base, when working within their area of confidence and competence.


Dr Laura Sweeney BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP)

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Vision Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. Following completion of her PhD Laura took up her lectureship in 2015. 

Laura is an Independent Prescribing optometrist. She has worked in hospital and community optometry in various specialist roles and recently completed NESGAT training and is a member of the Scottish Community Glaucoma Service. 

Laura’s teaching primarily relates to the management of ocular disease. She is interested in developing learning experiences that effectively prepare students for their future roles within healthcare, and has a particular interest in the utilising peer learning to develop autonomous healthcare practitioners.