Dr Laura Downie, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne
By Rhiannon Riches
The University of Melbourne School of Health Sciences is conducting a survey to explore the decision making of clinicians prescribing vision or hearing appliances.
This collaborative project is led by Associate Professor Karyn Galvin (Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne), Dr Laura Downie (Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne), and also involves Ji-hyun (Anna) Lee (research optometrist) and Dr Rebecca Featherston (research assistant).
‘Optometrists constantly make decisions to provide optimal clinical care to their patients,’ Dr Downie said.
‘To explore the decision-making process of optometrists prescribing spectacles to older patients, we would value 10 minutes of their time to answer a brief anonymous clinical case survey.
‘The survey involves reading a short case scenario, and then answering four simple questions relating to the type and priority of clinical information that would be provided to a patient,’ she said.
This project has received ethics approval from the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee and funding from the Melbourne School of Health Sciences.
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