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Measuring Outcomes in Nasal Surgery:  Realities and Possibilities

John S. Rhee, MD, MPH
Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009;11(6):416-419. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.86.
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Many desire outcome measurements in surgery, but few can agree on the measuring tools, and fewer yet desire to be measured. This conflict underlies the quandary of measuring outcomes in any surgical disease process, perhaps more so in the case of surgical procedures that address the form and function of the nose. Nasal procedures that address functional and/or aesthetic concerns—septoplasty, rhinoplasty, nasal valve surgery, turbinoplasty, and septorhinoplasty—are oftentimes so intermingled in their purposes and proposed clinical outcomes that the success of the intervention can be difficult to quantify. Yet the health care and academic environments often demand clear and distinct measurements for comparisons, reimbursements, research purposes, and certifications.

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