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Assessment of rosacea severity: A review of evaluation methods used in clinical trials.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015 Mar 19;

Authors: Hopkinson D, Moradi Tuchayi S, Alinia H, Feldman SR

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Novel rosacea treatments are needed. Assessment methodologies for clinical trials of rosacea treatments are not standardized and are relatively inadequate. To determine the efficacy of new treatments, a valid and reliable assessment methodology is needed.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the assessment methodologies used in clinical trials for rosacea treatments, to demonstrate the need for a valid and reliable assessment tool, and to describe the relevant properties of such a tool.
METHODS: PubMed and MEDLINE were searched for clinical trials of rosacea treatments since January 1, 1985.
RESULTS: In all, 32 clinical trials met inclusion criteria. Assessment methodologies were highly variable, and standardized assessment methodologies were used in only 3 studies. The various manifestations of rosacea were assessed inconsistently.
LIMITATIONS: Eighteen articles could not be included as a result of lack of access to the full text.
CONCLUSIONS: The diverse methodologies make the assessment of novel treatments and comparison of treatments difficult. A valid and reliable assessment tool is needed to properly assess novel treatments to improve the management of rosacea.

PMID: 25799418 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25799418?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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