Evidence based care is derived from good evidence-based teaching and learning

Shehzad A Naroo, Frank Eperjesi, Craig Woods, Fabrizio Zeri

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The volume of the scientific literature has seen a dramatic increase over the past few decades and keeping abreast of the literature, what is new, what could benefit patient care, is a challenging obligation for health care professionals. Recent years have seen many calls for authors to help to contribute to reviews in fields of ophthalmic practice. The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) produced the first Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS) report in 2007, and this was updated in 2017 with DEWS-II [ [1] ]. The same group are currently producing another review relating to ‘Lifestyle and Ocular Surface Disease’. The International Myopia Institute (IMI) released comprehensive review reports on different aspects of myopia, written by 85 multidisciplinary experts in the field, to bring consensus on evidence-based intervention strategies [ [2] ]. Meanwhile the BCLA produced its first CLEAR issue in 2021. The BCLA-CLEAR issue in 2021 was a comprehensive set of 11 review papers authored by a team of over 100 global experts in the field [ 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 ]. Originally CLEAR was an acronym for Contact Lens Evidence Academic Reports but as the BCLA-CLEAR brand became popular it was decided to use the branding to allow for other topics to be investigated. Now CLEAR stands for Current Learning Evidence Academic Reports and a BCLA-CLEAR report is currently under preparation on the topic of Presbyopia. So, what are the benefits of a review? For the end user (reader) be that a practitioner, a researcher or an educator, up-to-date peer-reviewed information on a certain topic can be found in one resource. For the author of the review, they have the opportunity to contribute to a resource that is likely to achieve lots of publicity and citations. Similarly for the journal, citations are likely to increase and that will raise the impact factor of the journal. In fact, even when the papers from a review are no longer counted in the impact factor calculation (papers are counted for the 2 years after publication) then the journal is likely to attract better quality papers from authors that aid future impact factors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101823
Number of pages1
JournalContact lens & anterior eye : the journal of the British Contact Lens Association
Issue number2
Early online date28 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


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