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Letters Psoriasis guidelines

Psoriasis: are clinicians too busy to assess disease severity?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1081
  1. G J Parkins, dermatology registrar1,
  2. J A Leman, dermatology consultant1
  1. 1Alan Lyle Centre for Dermatology, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT, UK
  1. parkins38{at}

Clinical guidelines are expensive to produce, both financially and in terms of the time invested by guideline development groups. The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) budget is £25 000 (excluding staffing costs, which are 70% of the total budget) for each new guideline, which takes around 29 months to complete (personal communication, SIGN programme lead). The healthcare professionals involved in writing …

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