By Hywel Williams, Michael Bigby, Andrew Herxheimer, Luigi Naldi, Berthold Rzany, Robert Dellavalle, Yuping Ran, Masutaka Furue

(BMJ Books) affiliate editor, Michael Bigby, is with Harvard scientific institution, Boston, MA. Covers the idea that of evidence-based dermatology, the serious appraisal toolbox, universal inflammatory pores and skin ailments, infestations, melanoma, hair difficulties, infectious pores and skin ailments, and extra. Key issues and colour illustrations are incorporated.

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5 Just as ordinary patients are at the heart of framing evidence-based questions, so too are ordinary clinical dermatologists at the heart of 9 Evidence-based Dermatology the practice of EBD. EBM is not something that only an exclusive club of academics with statistical expertise can understand and practise, but rather it is something that all dermatologists can practise with appropriate training. It is an essential skill that is as basic to being a doctor as the ability to examine and diagnose.

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Companies can establish strong relationships with groups, and sometimes work with them to devise quality-of-life questionnaires. Although these studies are mainly for marketing purposes, the results may also influence the choice of research topics and the design of clinical studies. For the most part, pharmaceutical companies tend to approach PSGs mainly for help with recruiting patients for trials, and most PSGs have contributed in this way. Because pharmaceutical companies often regard some of the data contained in their protocol to be commercially sensitive, PSGs rarely get much information to give to those wishing to take part in trials, apart from the exclusion criteria.

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