Evidence-based medicine in plastic surgery: Where did it come from and where is it going?

Joseph A. Ricci, Naman S. Desai

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Objectives: Evidence-based medicine, particularly randomized controlled trials, influence many of the daily decisions within plastic surgery as well as nearly every other medical specialty, and will continue to play a larger role in medicine in the future. Even though it is certainly not a new idea, evidence-based medicine continues to remain a hot topic among members of the healthcare community. As evidence-based medicine continues to grow and evolve, it is becoming more important for all physicians to understand the fundamentals of evidence-based medicine: how evidence-based medicine has changed, and how to successfully incorporate it into the daily practice of medicine. Results: Admittedly, the wide acceptance and implementation of evidence-based medicine has been slower in surgical fields such as plastic surgery given the difficulty in performing large scale blinded randomized controlled trials due to the inherent nature of a surgical intervention as a treatment modality. Despite these challenges, the plastic surgery literature has recently begun to respond to the demand for more evidence-based medicine. Conclusions: Today's plastic surgeons are making a concerted embrace evidence-based medicine by increasing the amount of out of high-level clinical evidence and should be encouraged to continue to further their endeavors in the field of evidence-based medicine in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-71
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cochrane database
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Levels of evidence
  • Plastic surgery
  • Randomized controlled trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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