CORE OUTCOME PROJECTS
The aim of IMPROVED is to develop core outcome sets for skin diseases and conditions that can be treated by pharmacologic as well as non-pharmacologic interventions, particularly procedures or surgery. Each outcome set is a separate project and is based on the CSG-COUSIN roadmap, as well as methodologic guidance put forth by COMET.
HAIR LOSS/NON-SCARRING ALOPECIA
Non-scarring hair loss is a common condition in men and women. Androgenetic alopecia is associated with age and familial heritage in both sexes. Alopecia areata can occur at any age. Psychosocial impacts of non-scarring alopecias have been documented. Treatment results in significant reimbursed and nonreimbursed costs.
While non-scarring alopecia is not a single disease or condition, many conditions subsumed within this category appear to have similar outcomes. A core outcome set for non-scarring alopecias is not currently available. Creation of such an outcome set may help improve diagnostic classifications and also tracking of outcomes after treatment.