Chapter 1. The Field and Its Boundaries

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Luigi Naldi MD Director

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch1

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Naldi, L. (2008) The Field and Its Boundaries, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Centro Studi GISED, Department of Dermatology, Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • evidence-based medicine (EBM);
  • International Classification for Disease version 9 (ICD-9);
  • Dermatologischer Diagnosenkatalog (DDK);
  • disease rarity;
  • industry-sponsored trials - increasing role;
  • systematic review limitations;
  • drug development and within-patient control studies;
  • British Association of Dermatologists' Diagnostic Index (BAD Index)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is special about dermatology

  • Limitations of clinical research

  • Acknowledgment

  • References