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Mar/Apr 2017

The Rhinoplasty Clinical Practice Guideline: Neither a Cookbook for, Recipe of, nor Reduction Sauce of the Complex Art of Rhinoplasty

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

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JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017;19(2):85-86. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.2083

The practice of evidence-based medicine has been gaining momentum in multiple specialties, and although somewhat late to the party, facial plastic surgery is no exception.1,2 A movement from clinicians, politicians, and health care administrators has at least in part motivated the push to improve both quality and efficiency in patient care. The development of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) has been an important part of that effort. Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements created to assist physicians in making appropriate decisions. These guidelines’ contents are based on a systematic review of the available best clinical evidence and are meant to represent a broad consensus of practitioners in a particular field. As such, CPGs may reduce inappropriate variation in practice, promote more efficient use of resources, and highlight shortcomings of the existing literature and suggest areas for future research.