Eur J Plast Surg (2014) 37:699–700 DOI 10.1007/s00238-014-1005-x LETTER TO THE EDITOR Outcome assessment in plastic surgery—tools, techniques and the future Shehab Jabir Received: 28 June 2014 /Accepted: 24 July 2014 /Published online: 26 August 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 Sir, statistical analysis with amelioration of the biases inherent in The assessment of outcomes following plastic surgery, apart the techniques employed. from enabling the surgeon to judge the success of a particular The above questions are only some of the considerations operation and enabling him or her to improve their surgical when assessing outcomes within plastic surgery. Historically, practice, also enables the patient to make an informed choice the vast majority of literature assessed outcomes in terms of the complication rates following an operation . This in- about their care. Furthermore, it provides healthcare funders with important information regarding the benefits of an oper- volved the performance of a particular operation for a specific ation. Thus, the accurate measurement of the success of an condition on a number of patients by one or a group of operation is a vital undertaking. surgeons. The complication rate would then be assessed (most Yet, a number of issues lie at the heart
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