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Electronic health library releases annual evidence update on age-related macular degeneration
The 2008 Annual Evidence Update for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) was recently released by the Eyes and Vision Specialist Library; available online at: <www.library.nhs.uk/Eyes/SearchResults.aspx?catID=13535>. The collection of evidence features all findings that have emerged in the past year, with an emphasis on its sight-threatening or visually impairing wet and dry forms. The evidence update was created as part of the second annual National Knowledge Week, which was established in 2007 by the National Library for Health (previously known the National Electronic Library for Health), National Health Service, United Kingdom, to provide information on recent developments in the clinical management of AMD. The evidence included online are presented through a number of topic summaries reflecting aspects of the method of care or “care pathway,” including patients' perspectives. The evidence is presented through a number of topics reflecting the care pathway and has been categorized into secondary publications (Cochrane systematic reviews, systematic reviews, reviews and meta-analyses), interventional studies (randomized control trials and clinical control trials) and observational studies (cohorts, case control trials, population based cross-sectional studies, comparative studies, qualitative surveys and case reports or series). Topics include epidemiology, genetics and AMD, retinal imaging for diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, surgical intervention, living with AMD, and low vision devices and AMD. Printable versions of the evidence update are available, and the Eyes and Vision Specialist Library provides an online version of its evidence updates that is designed to be accessible to individuals with low vision. For more information, contact: National Library for Health, National Health Service, United Kingdom; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; web site: <http://www.library.nhs.uk/eyes>.
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