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Outcomes Assessment in Dermatologic Surgery

  • Murad AlamEmail author
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Abstract

Whether performing a randomized controlled trial, a cohort study, or a case-control study, it is essential to select the outcomes to be measured (Dupuy et al, Outcome measures. In: Williams H, Bigby M, Herxheimer A, Naldi L, Rzany B, Dellavale R, Ran Y, Furue E (eds) Evidence-based dermatology, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, pp 71–74, 2014; Alam et al, Rationalizing outcome measures in dermatologic surgery. Curr Derm Rep 4(3):140–146. doi:10.1007/s13671-015-0106-5, 2015; Alam, Evidence based procedural dermatology. In: Maibach HI, Gorouhi F (eds) Evidence based dermatology, 2nd edn. PMPH-USA, Shelton, pp 539–545, 2012). Deciding on appropriate outcomes requires consideration of the purpose of the study, the types of outcomes available, the number of outcomes that may be appropriate, outcomes that are commonly measured, and outcomes that convey patients’ perceptions. Closely related to the task of outcomes selection is choosing specific outcome measures to represent these outcomes. For example, if scar appearance is a selected outcome, a particular validated scar scale may be the corresponding outcome measure.

Keywords

Outcome Measures Study Skin Core Set 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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