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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Research Commentary |

A Thorough Systematic Review of Treatments for Atopic Eczema

Michael Bigby, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(12):1635-1636. doi:10.1001/archderm.137.12.1635.
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Systematic Review of Treatments of Atopic EczemaHoare C, Li Wan Po A, Williams HHealth Technol Assess 2000;4:1:1-191

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The objectives of Hoare and colleagues' comprehensive review are 2-fold: to produce an up-to-date coverage "map" of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of treatments of atopic eczema mainly to identify research gaps, and to assist in making treatment recommendations by summarizing the available RCT evidence using qualitative and quantitative methods. Data sources included electronic searching of MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Controlled Clinical Trials Register, the Cochrane Skin Group specialized register of trials, hand searching of atopic eczema conference proceedings, follow-up of references in retrieved articles, contact with leading researchers, and requests to relevant pharmaceutical companies.

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