The effectiveness of low vision rehabilitation on quality of life: An evidence-based practice approach to answer clinical questions

Stacy Smallfield, Jennie Q. Lou

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Abstract

The goal of this article is to demonstrate to occupational therapy practitioners how an evidence-based approach to practice can assist them in providing high-quality client-centered care. A case scenario of a client with low vision was utilized to outline the steps of evidencebased practice to answer clinical questions. A critical appraisal of the literature regarding the effectiveness of low vision rehabilitation on quality of life was conducted. The appraisal included 5 quantitative studies and 2 literature reviews. Mixed results were found. A variety of low vision rehabilitation models exist. Informing the client of the current evidence and local services will allow the client to make educated decisions regarding their health care options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 25 2006

Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Outcome measurement
  • Quality of life

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