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Taking Evidence-Based Plastic Surgery to the Next Level Report of the Second Summit on Evidence-Based Plastic Surgery

Felmont F. Eaves III, MD1,2; Rod J. Rohrich, MD3; Jonathan M. Sykes, MD4
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1Charlotte Plastic Surgery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2currently at Emory University, Emory Aesthetic Center at Paces, and Emory Ambulatory Surgery Center at Paces, Atlanta, Georgia
3Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
4Department of Otolaryngology, University of California, Davis
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013;15(4):314-320. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.1208.
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Applying the principles of evidence-based medicine has the potential to drastically improve quality of care and patient outcomes. For this reason, evidence-based medicine has been held as one of the 15 most important developments in medicine within the past 100 years. In August of 2010, a broad coalition of leaders from numerous organizations representing societies, boards, journals, foundations, and academic institutions met in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the first Evidence-Based Plastic Surgery Summit. The summit signaled a sea change in the approach of organized plastic surgery to the promotion of evidence-based medicine within the specialty. It was determined that a strategic, coordinated, and sustained effort to drive an evidence-based medicine culture would accelerate adoption and advance quality of care and patient safety. Over the past 2 years, many of the goals of the initial summit have been met. In order to take our evidence-based medicine efforts to the next level, a second summit was recently held to redefine goals, focus efforts, address barriers, and launch new initiatives with broad consensus. This article documents the outcomes of the second Evidence-Based Plastic Surgery Summit.

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