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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Research Commentary |

Level of Agreement With the British Guidelines for the Use of Biological Therapies for Psoriasis

Tamar Nijsten, MD, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(12):1567-1569. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.12.1567.
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The domains of the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) Instrument (adapted from reference 5). Items are scored from 4 (strongly agree) to 1 (strongly disagree), and independent scores can be calculated for each of the 6 domains (I-VI). A total score cannot be calculated for the AGREE instrument. An overall assessment can be scored as follows: strongly recommended, recommended (with provisions or alterations), not recommended, or unsure.

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