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Comment period open for first ‘evidence-based’ guideline on diabetes

November 12, 2013

diabetesThe first AOA evidence-based guideline, on “Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus” is posted for review by practicing optometrists and the general public at www.aoa.org/ebgreview. The AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee developed the first guideline to help optometrists meet strict new government standards for evidence-based health care.

The new draft guideline is part of an extensive AOA effort to ensure optometry is represented in a worldwide movement to ensure health care practice is based on the latest and best scientific research, according to Committee Chair Diane T. Adamczyk, O.D.

The proposed guideline is designed to provide both useful guidance for optometrists in day-to-day practice as well as definitive optometric norms and recommendations recognized and respected by all segments of the health care community.

The guideline was developed over the past two years by an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary panel of leading eye care practitioners, health policy experts and patient advocates.

The proposed guideline is posted online to give optometrists a chance to review and submit comments that may then be incorporated into the document. This is required by Institute of Medicine (IOM) guideline development standards to reflect external review from relevant stakeholders, including scientific and clinical experts, organizations, agencies, patients, and representatives of the public.

Comments will be accepted until Nov. 30.

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