Eur J Plast Surg (2016) 39:365–370 DOI 10.1007/s00238-016-1219-1 ORIGINAL PAPER Levels of evidence in plastic surgery—bibliometric trends and comparison with five other surgical specialties 1 2 3 4 Riaz A. Agha & Mariana Devesa & Katharine Whitehurst & Alexander J. Fowler & 5 6 7 8 Robert Coe & Georgina Wellstead & Dennis P. Orgill & Peter McCulloch Received: 29 April 2016 /Accepted: 6 June 2016 /Published online: 18 July 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 Abstract LOE (range 3.7 to 10.9 %). By mean LOE, plastic surgery Background Categorising research by level of evidence continues to rank five out of six. (LOE) is an important evidence-based medicine initiative. Conclusions Plastic surgery is tending towards higher levels Our objective was to assess the change in LOEs in plastic of evidence at a slow pace. The specialty must continue to surgery from 2003 to 2013 and compared this with five other drive towards higher levels of evidence. surgical specialties. Level of Evidence: Not ratable. Methods A search for all research articles published in the top . . three general plastic surgery journals (ranked by impact fac- Keywords Evidence-based medicine Levels of evidence tor) was conducted for 2003 and 2013. Articles were
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