Preferred Practice Patterns (PPPs) are on a scheduled major revision timetable of every 5 years. This revision includes the entire PPP—Background and Care Process.
The procedure used to ensure that recommendations for care in the PPPs are current throughout the 5-year period between major revisions follows. This process involves identifying new evidence and assessing whether the evidence warrants an update. The process used to undertake interim revisions (between the major 5-year revision) is described.
Hoskins Center staff (Director of Quality of Care and Knowledge Base Development, Manager of Guidelines and Assessments, Clinical Information Services Specialist) scan the following clinical journals, newsletters, and online sources to identify new evidence
- American College of Surgeons Bulletin
- American Journal of Ophthalmology
- American Medical Association News
- Archives of Ophthalmology
- British Journal of Ophthalmology
- Cochrane Library
- Evidence-Based Eye Care
- Eye and Contact Lens
- Health Affairs
- International J of Technology Assessment in Health Care
- Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
- J of Am Assoc for Pediatric Ophthamology and Strabismus
- J of the American Medical Association
- J of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- J of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- J or Glaucoma
- J of Neuro-Ophthalmology
- J of Pediatric Ophthalmol & Strabismus
- J of Refractive Surgery
- Medical Economics
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Ocular Surgery News
- Ophthalmic Epidemiology
- Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging
- Review of Ophthalmology
- Survey of Ophthalmology
- Chairs and/or members of PPP panels notify staff of new evidence
- Investigators conducting research notify Academy staff or Academy committee members of upcoming evidence
- Each year, panel chairs are asked to answer the following question1 for their respective PPPs.
Are you aware of new evidence or developments in the field relevant to the recommendations for care in the PPP?
At the Panel chair discretion, PPP panel members discuss new evidence by e-mail or telephone conference call and decide whether evidence warrants an interim revision to the PPP. Questions to answer are:
- Is the new evidence or development of sufficient importance to invalidate the recommendations for care in the PPP?
- Are there new recommendations for care that should be present?
The panel chair reports at the annual Spring PPP committee meeting whether there are changes to practice patterns that would alter the evidence-based recommendations for care or require additional recommendations for care. The final decision for undertaking interim revisions rests with the PPP committee