I’m feeling a little testy on ophthalmic testing this month. It’s the application of science and statistical validity in our field, an area that seems to get very little attention. The key word is “outcomes,” and is the common thread that we may be missing. Does your test or procedure truly have a benefit in terms of aiding quality of life, or preventing vision loss? Is it repeatable, and does the result truly distinguish abnormal patients from normal ones? Now, I know you’ll argue that “we” don’t contribute to this issue as much as do other specialties, but that holds no water. We are as responsible as any other profession to provide benefit and value in quality of care and cost.
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