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May/Jun 2013

Facing Levels of EvidenceThe JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Initiative

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Dr Rhee); and Larrabee Surgical Center, Seattle, Washington (Dr Larrabee).

JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013;15(3):174-175. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.77

This year, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery will inaugurate the official incorporation of a level of evidence (LOE) designation for all original scientific articles that are amenable to this grading process. As outlined in an earlier commentary,1 developing a sophisticated understanding of the inherent biases and limitations of evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an important initiative for our specialty as we strive to improve the rigor of our studies and produce noteworthy scientific writings that positively affect the health outcomes of our patients.

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