Canadian Dermatology Association Clinical Practice Guidelines

Neil H. Shear, Kirk Barber, Jerry Tan, and Pat Rich

The benefits of timely, high-quality, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) that translate the best evidence into best practice in dermatology include

  • improving patient care provided by members of the Canadian Dermatology Association by focusing on quality and evidence,
  • enhancing the professional development of members,
  • enhancing the clinical care provided to patients with dermatologic conditions by nondermatologists,
  • reducing variations in practice and discouraging ineffective or potentially harmful interventions, and
  • identifying areas in which further information or research is required to improve clinical care.

This document is intended to provide the framework to ensure that the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) produces guidelines that are relevant, credible, and applicable.