Two new and five ancillary research studies were identified by the OHTS investigators, based on their anecdotal knowledge and contact with other investigators in the field.
OHTS findings were used as supporting documentation for creating new CPT I and CPT III codes for pachymetry (measurement of the cornea).
Trade publications (non-peer-reviewed) for ophthalmology and optometry were especially helpful for locating evidence of clinical applications resulting from OHTS findings.
Given the depth of evidence of research impact for OHTS that was revealed using the preliminary framework, the authors refined the framework into a standardized model as a tool for assessment of research impact: the Becker Medical Library Model for Assessment of Research Impact.
The website includes a reporting template based on the Becker Model that can be used for documenting and reporting research impact and a sample of a completed report, as used for OHTS.
In these instances, contact with policy makers or other officials was required to obtain confirmation that OHTS findings were used as supporting documentation.