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We invite authors to submit manuscripts for the Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) feature. CATs appear quarterly in the Evidence-Based Dermatology section.
CATs are written summaries of the application of the practice of evidence-based medicine to specific clinical problems. The problem is translated into an answerable, 4-part, well-structured question; the best evidence to answer the question is identified; the evidence is critically appraised for its validity, magnitude, and precision; and the evidence is applied back to the patients. Essentially, CATs are mini–systematic reviews of narrow, patient-focused questions that are not easy to find in a textbook. For example, after a clinical encounter, a patient-oriented question might be formulated, which would then be followed by a search for relevant high-quality information to answer that question. The identified studies will be briefly and critically appraised, then applied back to the patient along with the commentary.
Critically Appraised Topics (CATs). Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(9):1162. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.9.1162
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