Journal article

Clinical audit as an educative tool for optometrists: an intervention study in age-related macular degeneration

Sena A Gocuk, Ji-hyun Lee, Peter R Keller, Lauren N Ayton, Robyn H Guymer, Allison M McKendrick, Laura E Downie

Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Purpose Age‐related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of vision loss. This study investigated whether performing clinical audit and receiving analytical performance feedback altered documentation of the AMD care provided by optometrists. Methods Australian optometrists were recruited and completed a survey about their demographics and confidence in AMD care, and a three‐month audit of their practice records using an AMD audit tool (termed the pre‐audit evaluation). After receiving analytical feedback, participants identified areas for improvement and re‐audited their practices after three months to analyse changes in performance (termed the post‐audit evaluation). Paired t‐tests a..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund Next Generation Clinical Researcher Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a 2015 Blackmores Research Grant from the Macular Disease Foundation Australia (awarded to LED, PRK, LNA and RHG), a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship (awarded to LED, APP1091833), a 2019 NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund Next Generation Clinical Researcher Fellowship (awarded to LNA, APP1151055) and a 2016 NHMRC Fellowship (awarded to RHG, GNT1103013).