British Association of Dermatologists' Guidelines for the Management of Alopecia Areata 2012

A.G. Messenger; J. McKillop; P. Farrant; A.J. McDonagh; M. Sladden


The British Journal of Dermatology. 2012;166(5):916-926. 

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3.0 Methodology

These guidelines have been developed using the BAD's recommendations[1] and also with reference to the AGREE (Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation) instrument.[2] PubMed, MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched from January 2002 to January 2012 and full relevant papers in the English language obtained. Additional, targeted searches were also carried out across these three databases, as well as a search on the Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED); details of the search strategy are available as an Appendix online (see Supporting Information).

The recommendations made are those that are currently considered best practice. Where possible they are based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). However, in view of the limited evidence from RCTs, guidance is also based on less rigorously controlled studies, uncontrolled studies, on clinical experience, and on patient experience. These recommendations will be modified at intervals in light of new evidence.


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