In this issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Lee et al1 describe adherence to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) checklist for systematic reviews reported in plastic surgery. This study is timely because the number of systematic reviews in the facial plastic surgery literature continues to increase. A systematic review is based on a clearly formatted question, identifies relevant studies, appraises the quality of the studies, and summarizes the evidence by use of explicit methods.2 The methodological and explicit nature of systematic reviews distinguishes them from other reviews by virtue of their a priori research protocol, specific search question, explicit research plan, and synthesis of existing data.
Ishii LE. Optimizing Quality of Systematic Reviews in Plastic Surgery With the PRISMA Checklist. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(2):106-107. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.1964