Evidence-Based Medicine in Plastic Surgery Are We There Yet?

Evidence-Based Medicine in Plastic Surgery Are We There Yet?

Author Leal, Daniel G. Google Scholar
Rodrigues, Maria Amelia Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tedesco, Ana Carolina B. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Nahas, Fabio Xerfan Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ferreira, Lydia Masako Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Roxo, Ana C. W. Google Scholar
de Castro, Claudio Cardoso Google Scholar
Aboudib, Jose Horacio Google Scholar
Abstract Background: The practice of evidence-based medicine in plastic surgery is no longer a trend but a reality, with a growing number of studies published in recent years using evidence-based medicine as an assessment tool. Objective: The aim of this study was to verify whether the number of citations to articles with a high level of evidence is greater than articles with low level of evidence. Methods: A search was conducted in the 4 main international journals of plastic surgery. All original articles published in 2011 were analyzed, selected, and classified based on the study design. The articles were then divided into 2 groups: group 1, high level of evidence

and group 2, low level of evidence. Next, Scopus was searched for the number of citations of each article in the 2 subsequent years. The proportion of the number of citations received by articles in groups 1 and 2 was statistically compared. Results: The articles with the highest level of evidence were the most cited among original articles, with 48.6% of them being cited more than 10 times over 2 years, whereas only 18.4% of articles in group 2 were cited with the same frequency. The mean number of citations was 12.6 citations per article in group 1 and 6.56 citations in group 2, with a significant difference between groups (P < 0.0001). Conclusions: The articles with a higher level of evidence are, on average, cited more often than those with low levels of evidence in the leading journals of plastic surgery.
Keywords evidence-based medicine
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Language English
Date 2018
Published in Annals Of Plastic Surgery. Philadelphia, v. 80, n. 1, p. 71-75, 2018.
ISSN 0148-7043 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Extent 71-75
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/SAP.0000000000001179
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000418719900018
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/53955

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