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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 50, n° 4
pages 630-634 (avril 2004)
Doi : 10.1016/S0190-9622(03)01571-8
Framework for improved communication: the Dermatology Lexicon Project
 

Art Papier, MD a, , Robert J.G. Chalmers, MB, FRCP b, Jennifer A. Byrnes, MLS a, Lowell A. Goldsmith, MD, MPH c
a Department of Dermatology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA 
b Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom 
c University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 

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Abstract

A standardized dermatology vocabulary is central to our collective ability to gather clinical information consistently for patient care, to retrieve information for research or disease management, as well as to conduct outcomes analysis for quality improvement. The deficiencies of current classifications have been recognized by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in their decision to fund the development of a standard complete reference terminology for dermatology. The Dermatology Lexicon will have a major impact both on clinical care and on dermatologic research. Accuracy in medical records and telemedicine communications will be improved. Reliable terminology will provide for more complete and consistent documentation and data aggregation and reporting. In order to create a useful, sustainable lexicon, involvement of the dermatology community is essential.

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 Funding provided by The National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, Contract #NO1-AR-1-2255, and the Carl J. Herzog Foundation.
Conflicts of interest: None identified.



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