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AS MEMBERS of the American Medical Association family of journals, the Archives of Dermatology, other Archives journals, and JAMA each year choose a topic for an annual coordinated theme issue for all AMA journals. This year that topic is quality of care. Quality of care is important to both physicians and their patients. Demonstration of quality of care is especially important for a specialty such as dermatology. Survival as a viable, independent specialty depends at least in part on our specialty's ability to demonstrate its practitioners' superior ability to provide high quality of care compared with other practitioners with less training and experience in the treatment of skin disease.
In an attempt to provide a broad perspective about quality of care in dermatology, the current status of its measurement, and why ensuring high-quality care is so important to us and our patients, we solicited articles from leaders in the field.
Stern RS, Arndt KA. Quality of Care Theme Issue. Arch Dermatol. 1997;133(11):1349. doi:10.1001/archderm.1997.03890470021003