Guidelines sessions offered at Summer Meeting

The Academy is dedicated to promoting and encouraging dermatology research and using the findings of that research to improve patient care. This includes development of rigorous, evidence-based guidelines for care for dermatologic conditions. Guidelines serve as decision-making and educational aids for clinical practice to support and improve quality of care. Led by the Clinical Guidelines Committee (CGC), the Academy guideline development process follows an established methodology and administrative regulations that include meticulous review and grading of the relevant scientific literature, and a multi-layer, peer-review approval process.

The goal of the guideline development process, said Karl Beutner, MD, a California dermatologist and past chair of the CGC, is to transition from the older opinion-based models to the newer, evidence-based models. While there’s a growing understanding of what evidence-based guidelines are, there is still confusion as to what they’re not.

“Evidence-based guidelines are not intended to be the sole definition of standard of care. They’re not intended to eliminate clinical judgment; they’re not intended to prevent dermatologists from customizing the care of patients to individual situations,” Dr. Beutner said, adding that guidelines are great educational resources and help identify research gaps.

If you missed any of the Academy’s guideline sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting, then be sure to note them on your session schedule for Summer Meeting. This year, three guideline-based sessions will be offered. These sessions are easily identifiable in the Program Book by the blue evidence-based practice (“EBP”) book icon.

  • “Translating Evidence into Practice: Primary Cutaneous Melanoma Guidelines,” 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, directed by Arthur Joel Sober, MD
  • “Translating Evidence into Practice: Acne Guidelines,” 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, directed by Bethanee Jean Schlosser, MD, PhD
  • “Translating Evidence into Practice: Psoriasis Guidelines,” 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, directed by Mark Lebwohl, MD