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September 2007

Evidence-Based Dermatology Section Welcomes a New Feature: Critically Appraised Topic

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(9):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.9.1185

Since 1999, the Evidence-Based Dermatology (EBD) section has fulfilled its purpose of alerting clinicians to important advances in dermatology to help them use the best and most up-to date evidence when making decisions about patient care. My assistant editors and I select original articles from the biomedical literature to summarize in structured, value-added abstracts, and clinical experts comment on them. The procedures we follow as we attempt to achieve this purpose are (1) detecting, using prestated criteria, the best original and systematic review articles, which may or may not include meta-analysis, on the cause, course, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disorders and quality of care or economics in dermatology; (2) introducing these articles with declarative titles and summarizing them accurately in structured abstracts that describe their objectives, methods, results, and evidence-based conclusions; (3) adding brief, highly expert commentaries to place each of these summaries in its proper clinical and health care context; and (4) disseminating the summaries to clinicians in a timely fashion.

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