Chapter 11. What Makes a Good Case Series?

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Joerg Albrecht MD Resident Internal Medicine1 and
  2. Michael Bigby MD Associate Professor of Dermatology2,3

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch11

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Albrecht, J. and Bigby, M. (2008) What Makes a Good Case Series?, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch11

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Internal Medicine, John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, ILL, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • case reports and case series;
  • case series methodology;
  • methodology of case series;
  • institutional review board (IRB);
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus Disease Area and Severity Index (CLASI);
  • Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI);
  • Scoring Index of Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD);
  • patients' perception of treatment outcome;
  • case series - exclusion and inclusion criteria


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Methodology of case series

  • Diagnosis

  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria

  • Informed consent

  • Consecutive cases

  • Natural course of the disease

  • Dosages

  • Outcome measures

  • Patient perception

  • Safety

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgment

  • References