Global Trends in Ophthalmology (GTO) works in conjunction with medical societies around the world to develop annual clinical surveys that assess potential professional practice gaps and educational needs.
GTO was established in 2013 to develop and conduct surveys that measure key clinical opinions and practice patterns on the most compelling and controversial issues facing ophthalmologists. GTO’s core competencies include the ability to analyze the data and provide customized reports identifying statistically significant differences between current ophthalmic practices and target standards of care, as well as demographic differences between various sub-groupings.
GTO focuses on multiple topics in many different clinical areas including trends in cataract surgery with intraocular lenses, presbyopia-correcting and toric IOLs, laser-assisted cataract surgery, and laser vision correction. Additional trends analyzed include postoperative inflammation and its treatment, ocular surface diagnosis and treatment, therapeutic and surgical interventions for glaucoma, and retina considerations for the anterior segment surgeon.
In 2013, our first survey was performed at the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in San Francisco. Electronic follow-up surveys to the ASCRS membership were also conducted in the weeks following the meeting. 1,041 physicians responded to this survey, which included 89 questions that created 168 unique measurable data elements. Survey questions were developed and reviewed with several members of the ASCRS Clinical Committees, and validated by a social science statistician. Results were entered electronically either via an iPad at the annual ASCRS meeting or via a website, and data was tabulated utilizing an advanced survey statistical software package. 50.2% of the respondents were from the United States, while 49.8% were from outside the United States. The results assist future decisions made by ASCRS’ Programming and Clinical Committees while also engendering support for ASCRS’ independent educational grant projects.
In 2014, the 2nd annual clinical survey was performed at the ASCRS ASOA Symposium & Congress in Boston, including electronic follow-up surveys to the ASCRS membership in the weeks following the meeting. 1,501 physicians responded to this survey, which included 134 questions and 267 data points. The first clinical survey for the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) was performed in September of 2014 and included 1,162 respondents, 136 questions and 348 data points. We are in the process of conducting a similar survey for the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (APACRS) during their annual meeting.