Clinical guidelines

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is dedicated to promoting and encouraging dermatology research and the application of these findings to improving patient care. This includes development of rigorous, evidence-based guidelines of care on dermatologic conditions.

Guidelines serve as decision-making and educational aids for clinical practice to support and improve quality dermatologic care, and are used as the framework for:

  • Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
  • Reimbursement decisions.
  • Advocacy efforts.
  • Public messaging.
  • Identification of research gaps.

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) clinical guidelines are produced for dermatology topics that are of importance to members and their patients in a process that combines a comprehensive review of the best available scientific literature with the clinical judgment of an expert volunteer physician work group.

The Academy follows a board-approved methodology for developing clinical guidelines that adheres to a strict conflict-of-interest policy. Direct funding of guideline development from medical industry is prohibited.

Approved guidelines and related resources