Core Outcome Set for Acne Scarring

The purpose of this COS is to better detect difference in degree/type of presentation and track response to therapy.


Melanie Clark, MD
Emily Samuelson, PhD
Matthew Schaeffer, BA
Murad Alam, MD, MSCI (PI) Northwestern University

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: July 2015 - May 2023
Funding source(s): Departmental research funds

Health Area

Disease Category: Skin

Disease Name: Acne Scarring, Acne

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 85

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: Any

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Consumers (patients)
- Families
- Governmental agencies
- Methodologists
- Pharmaceutical industry representatives

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research
- COS for practice


- Consensus conference
- Delphi process
- Focus group(s)
- Interview
- Nominal group technique (NGT)
- Systematic review

Systematic review of outcomes followed by involvement of key stakeholders using interview/focus group/Delphi process. Consolidation of results using NGT and consensus conference.

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