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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Purpose and Procedure
December 2000

"Evidence-Based Dermatology" Section in the Archives of Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(12):1552-1553. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.12.1552

The purpose of evidence-based dermatology is to alert clinicians to important advances in dermatology by selecting from the biomedical literature those original and review articles whose results are most likely to be true and useful. These articles are summarized in structured, value-added abstracts and commented on by knowledgeable clinicians.

The procedures we follow as we attempt to achieve this purpose are:

1. Detecting, using prestated criteria (see below), the best original and review articles on the cause, course, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, quality of care, or economics of disorders in dermatology;