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Human surface anatomy terminology for dermatology: a Delphi consensus from the International Skin Imaging Collaboration


Navarrete‐Dechent, C; Liopyris, K; Molenda, M A; Braun, R; Curiel‐Lewandrowski, C; Dusza, S W; Guitera, P; Hofmann‐Wellenhof, R; Kittler, H; Lallas, A; Malvehy, J; Marchetti, M A; Oliviero, M; Pellacani, G; Puig, S; Soyer, H P; Tejasvi, T; Thomas, L; Tschandl, P; Scope, A; Marghoob, A A; Halpern, A C (2020). Human surface anatomy terminology for dermatology: a Delphi consensus from the International Skin Imaging Collaboration. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, 34(11):2659-2663.

Abstract

Objective

To establish expert consensus on a standardized set of terms that describe clinically relevant human surface anatomy.
Methods

We conducted a Delphi consensus on surface anatomy terminology between July 2017 and July 2019. The initial survey included 385 anatomic terms, organized in seven levels of hierarchy. If agreement exceeded the 75% established threshold, the term was considered ‘accepted’ and included in the final list. Terms added by the participants were passed on to the next round of consensus. Terms with <75% agreement were included in subsequent surveys along with alternative terms proposed by participants until agreement was reached on all terms.
Results

The Delphi included 21 participants. We found consensus (≥75% agreement) on 361/385 (93.8%) terms and eliminated one term in the first round. Of 49 new terms suggested by participants, 45 were added via consensus. To adjust for a recently published International Classification of Diseases‐Surface Topography list of terms, a third survey including 111 discrepant terms was sent to participants. Finally, a total of 513 terms reached agreement via the Delphi method.
Conclusions

We have established a set of 513 clinically relevant terms for denoting human surface anatomy, towards the use of standardized terminology in dermatologic documentation.

Abstract

Objective

To establish expert consensus on a standardized set of terms that describe clinically relevant human surface anatomy.
Methods

We conducted a Delphi consensus on surface anatomy terminology between July 2017 and July 2019. The initial survey included 385 anatomic terms, organized in seven levels of hierarchy. If agreement exceeded the 75% established threshold, the term was considered ‘accepted’ and included in the final list. Terms added by the participants were passed on to the next round of consensus. Terms with <75% agreement were included in subsequent surveys along with alternative terms proposed by participants until agreement was reached on all terms.
Results

The Delphi included 21 participants. We found consensus (≥75% agreement) on 361/385 (93.8%) terms and eliminated one term in the first round. Of 49 new terms suggested by participants, 45 were added via consensus. To adjust for a recently published International Classification of Diseases‐Surface Topography list of terms, a third survey including 111 discrepant terms was sent to participants. Finally, a total of 513 terms reached agreement via the Delphi method.
Conclusions

We have established a set of 513 clinically relevant terms for denoting human surface anatomy, towards the use of standardized terminology in dermatologic documentation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Dermatology Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Dermatology
Health Sciences > Infectious Diseases
Uncontrolled Keywords:Infectious Diseases, Dermatology
Language:English
Date:1 November 2020
Deposited On:29 Jan 2021 09:53
Last Modified:30 Jan 2021 21:00
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0926-9959
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.16855
PubMed ID:32770737

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