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Evidence-Based Optometry

What are foreground questions?

Once you've gathered background information on your patient's disease, you'll create a foreground question.

Foreground questions are specific questions about your patient's dilemma or problem.

Foreground questions include things like:

  • In patients with amblyopia, which is a more effective treatment: patching or glasses?
  • What are the potential complications of trabeculectomy for patients with glaucoma?

To create a foreground question, ask:

  • What would my patient like to know?
  • What is the most important issue for my patient right now?
  • Which question, when answered, will help my patient the most?*

*The Lancet, "Forming a Clinical Question"




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