Chapter 3. The Role of the Consumer and the Public in Evidence-Based Dermatology

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Maxine Whitton BA(hons), MSc Consumer Contributor1 and
  2. Andrew Herxheimer MB, FRCP Emeritus Fellow2

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch3

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Whitton, M. and Herxheimer, A. (2008) The Role of the Consumer and the Public in Evidence-Based Dermatology, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch3

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Cochrane Skin Group, London, UK

  2. 2

    UK Cochrane Centre, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • consumer and public role in evidence-based dermatology (EBD);
  • communication gap bridging;
  • Center for Appearance Research (CAR);
  • consumer involvement in clinical research;
  • Cochrane Consumer Network and Cochrane Collaboration;
  • “evidence-based prescription” and Asking an answerable question;
  • EBD - applying the information back to the patient


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bridging the communication gap

  • The many roles of patients, the public, and consumers in health care

  • The skin shows: it matters psychologically and socially

  • Education and information for self-care

  • Consumers and research

  • Consumer involvement in the process of evidence-based dermatology

  • Conclusions

  • Further information

  • References