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Aims & Scope

The aim of Interprofessional Optometry is to provide an expert-reviewed, fast publication outlet for clinical knowledge from the modern full-scope optometrist, focusing on topics and cases which cross intraprofessional and interprofessional boundaries. Interprofessionalism seeks to improve care, diminish poor patient outcomes, and be more efficient and cost-effective. A forum such as IO which supports interprofessional co-management among healthcare professionals will encourage providers to attend to the whole patient, rather than focus on isolated sub-systems of the body.

While IO promotes and facilitates interprofessional management of patients, with perspectives from varying health professions, all cases and subjects will involve optometric management, either as an initiator or an adjunct in care.

Interprofessional Optometry is intended primarily for readers and authors who are clinical primary-care optometrists, as opposed to vision scientists, educators, or specialists. However, IO will also cross disciplines within optometric subspecialties.

Sections

Authors are encouraged to submit work for publication in the sections below.

Original Theory & Research

Articles devoted to theory or research may focus on clinical, professional or educational issues. For the purposes of the journal, "original theory" includes the exploration of a new model, framework or theory or a new approach to/use of an existing model, framework or theory. "Original research" is defined as the collection of original data or the original analysis of archival data in a systematic and methodologically sound attempt to either test a hypothesis or answer a research question. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are encouraged, as appropriate for the topic under consideration. All research articles must adhere to the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" outlined by ICMJE.

Case-Based Learning

Submissions to this section may include either case reports or case conferences. Case reports should focus on interprofessional care experiences and suggest strategies for successful interprofessional treatment of specific conditions. Case conferences should present cases relevant materials necessary for the presentation of an interactive case conference. Case conferences should necessitate the involvement of at least three (3) health professions.

Educational Strategies

Articles that provide descriptions of educational programs or pedagogies within an interprofessional framework, or which offer a programmatic evaluation of an interprofessional educational activity, but which do not qualify as original research/theory or review articles, should be submitted for this section.

Cross-Cultural Issues in Care

Articles that address cross-cultural competencies relevant for multiple professions, but which do not qualify as original research/theory or review articles, should be submitted for this section.

Review Articles

Systematic reviews or meta-analyses may be submitted for this section. Reviews should adhere to the guidelines outlined by the PRISMA Statement.

From the Field: Student Experiences

Submissions to this section should be brief narrative communications from students relating their experiences working in interprofessional teams as part of rotations or other clinical activities during the course of their education. Submissions should focus on what the student has learned about another profession as a result of their experience, or about what challenges/opportunities were presented by working in an interprofessional capacity.

Book/EBP Resource Reviews

Appropriate submissions include critical reviews of books addressing interprofessional education or practice, health services research methods or cross-cultural care. Critical reviews of online evidence-based resources (e.g. new indexes, databases, information systems, point of care resources, etc.) are also encouraged. Only online resources with practical application to education or care should be reviewed.

Book reviews will be published as both text and podcasts. Authors may submit their own podcast but if they do not, a podcast of their written submission will be created by the journal.

Commentary

The editorial staff welcomes contributions that comment on the challenges and opportunities of interprofessional optometric care or education, on scope of practice issues, on the delivery of culturally competent care or other relevant topics. Submissions should reflect the views of the author, but should also be substantiated with citations to relevant literature as appropriate.