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Evidence-Based Medicine and Its Role in Plastic Surgery

Cheung, Michael C. MD; Allan, Bassan J. MD, MBA; Yang, Relin MD, MPH; Thaller, Seth R. MD, DMD, FACS

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: March 2011 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 385-387
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182077dff
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In an era in which evidence-based medicine (EBM) has become an intricate aspect of the practice and advancement of the field of medicine, plastic surgery must aim to sustain its role as a pioneer division. It is critical that plastic surgeons understand the significance of EBM and, more importantly, its application to everyday practice. We aimed to review a comprehensive systemic approach to gather high-quality data that help support clinical decision making and assist in determining best available treatment. In addition, we provide evidence supporting the role of EBM in the field of plastic surgery.

From the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.

Received July 22, 2010.

Accepted for publication August 1, 2010.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Seth R. Thaller, MD, DMD, FACS, Division of Plastic Surgery, DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 1611 NW 12 Ave, ET 3019, Miami, FL 33136; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Mutaz B. Habal, MD