Prioritizing dermatoses: rationally selecting guideline topics

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Borgonjen RJ, van Everdingen JJ, van de Kerkhof PC, Spuls PI

BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guideline (CPG) development starts with selecting appropriate topics, as resources to develop a guideline are limited. However, a standardized method for topic selection is commonly missing and the way different criteria are used to prioritize is not clear.

OBJECTIVES: To select and prioritize dermatological topics for CPG development and elucidate criteria dermatologists find important in selecting guideline topics.

METHODS: All 410 dermatologists in the Netherlands were asked to create a top 20 of dermatological topics for which a guideline would be desirable, regardless of existing guidelines. They also rated, on a 5-point Likert scale, 10 determinative criteria derived from a combined search in literature and across (inter)national guideline developers. Top 20 topics received scores ranging from 0.01 to 0.2 and combined scores yielded a total score.

RESULTS: The 118 surveys (response 29%) identified 157 different topics. Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis are top priority guideline topics. Venous leg ulcer, vasculitis, varicose veins, urticaria, acne, Lyme borreliosis, cutaneous lupus erythematosus, pruritus, syphilis, lymphoedema, decubitus ulcer, hidradenitis suppurativa, androgenic alopecia and bullous pemphigoïd complete the top 20. A further 15 topics have overlapping confidence intervals. Mortality and healthcare costs are regarded as less important criteria in topic selection (P < 0.04), than other criteria like the potential to reduce unwanted variation in practice.

CONCLUSION: Dermatological professional organizations worldwide succeeded in developing guidelines for all top 20 topics. Respondents mostly agree with (inter)national guideline programmes and literature concerning the criteria important to selecting guideline topics.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV
Journal Abbreviation: J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
Journal Date Published: 2015-07-16

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 25175822
Article Source:
Lasted Revision: 2015-07-16

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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