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October 18, 2010

Introducing the Practice Gap Commentary Section

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Robinson); and Division of Dermatology, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky (Dr Callen).

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(10):1160. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.261

A practice gap is the difference between care or outcomes that should be occurring and those that are occurring.1 Population-based health outcomes research identifying differences in care and evidence-based assessment of treatment are regularly published in the Archives. Seemingly, dermatologists fail to apply the results of the research reported in the journal to their practice of providing patient care. Inherent biases in medical and surgical decision making influence physicians' choice of treatment.2 Elucidation of the biases and practice gaps may help our readers begin the process of changing beliefs and habits of practice.

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