The Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) has released a new podcast series, consisting of five-minute-long episodes that bring attention to new papers with clinical utility in optometry practices.
Hosted by the Sydney institute’s research team, the Rapid Research Review podcast is a free resource for clinical optometrists to help improve evidence-based eyecare, announced on 18 November.
Dr Jack Phu, the CFEH’s lead clinician (glaucoma), said each month hundreds of research papers might be published across various fields in optometry, ophthalmology and vision science.
“It is always a challenge for us to keep up to date on the latest research and to identify which papers may be immediately impactful in clinical practice,” he said.
“My goal was to identify research papers that I feel have an immediate and practical clinical message and to distil it into pertinent points that are meaningful to a busy clinician in practice,” he said.
In each podcast, Phu poses a simple clinical question to the listener. He then describes a couple of key, practical points from the paper that serve to address that question.
“By the end of the podcast, I hope that clinicians can then reflect on how they practice and whether the research paper can help them maintain the best, evidence-based care for their patients,” he said.
The Rapid Research Review is a pilot program that will initially consist of six episodes, but the CFEH hopes to continue the series well into the new year.
How to download the Rapid Research Review podcast
The first three episodes are already available for download on Buzzsprout:
- Episode 1: Does your patient really have normal intraocular pressures?
- Episode 2: Is it possible to get reliable visual fields at every visit?
- Episode 3: Is the age of kinetic perimetry over?
- Episode 4: By how much does myopia increase the risk of glaucoma?
- Episode 5: Does telemedicine work for glaucoma?
Future episodes will be released on Mondays and Fridays.
Sydney Eye Podcast update
Meanwhile, Save Sight Institute (SSI) researcher Dr Maria Cabrera-Aguas has released the eighth episode of a separate series, entitled: Sydney Eye Podcast.
In the latest episode, Cabrera-Aguas talks to Ms Pauline Khoo, a clinical researcher at the SSI, about the world’s first international dry eye registry.
The registry records patient outcomes, generates benchmarking reports to improve patients’ dry eye outcomes and generates anonymised reports comparing clinicians’ patient outcomes with those of other eyecare professionals.
Cabrera-Aguas started her podcast to explore topics related to eye health and answer some common questions about eye conditions.