Standardising and assessing digital images for use in clinical trials: A practical, reproducible method that blinds the assessor to treatment allocation

Asha Bowen, Kara Burns, Steven Tong, Ross Andrews, Robyn Liddle, Irene O'Meara, Darren William Westphal, Jonathan Carapetis

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Abstract

With the increasing availability of high quality digital cameras that are easily operated by the non-professional photographer, the utility of using digital images to assess endpoints in clinical research of skin lesions has growing acceptance. However, rigorous protocols and description of experiences for digital image collection and assessment are not readily available, particularly for research conducted in remote settings. We describe the development and evaluation of a protocol for digital image collection by the non-professional photographer in a remote setting research trial, together with a novel methodology for assessment of clinical outcomes by an expert panel blinded to treatment allocation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPLoS One
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2014

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