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January 2008

Systematic Reviews: Grading Recommendations and Evidence Quality

Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(1):97-99. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2007.28

With the profusion of medical information and its ease of access, dermatologists need a reliable source that carefully weighs the data presented in clinical studies and observations. The Archives of Dermatology endeavors to be that source. Our publication of a study or observation and the accompanying invited editorial sends a strong signal to clinicians about the importance of implementing the recommendations. In 2007, the Archives gradually shifted the focus of review articles to emphasize systematic reviews that rank the available evidence (Table 1).1 Systematic reviews help to define medical practice standards and are learning tools for medical students and residents.

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