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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jul;144(1):242-248. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005784.

The Importance of Reproducibility in Plastic Surgery Research.

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Cleveland, Ohio From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; the Institute for Computational Biology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Metrohealth Medical Center.

Abstract

With the advent of big data and database-driven research, the need for reproducible methods has become especially relevant. Given the rise of evidence-based practice, it is crucial to ensure that findings making use of big data can be consistently replicated by other physician-scientists. A call for transparency and reproducibility must occur at the individual, institutional, and national levels. Given the rising popularity of national and large databases in research, the responsibility of authors to ensure reproducibility of clinical research merits renewed discussion. In this article, the authors offer strategies to increase clinical research reproducibility at both the individual and institutional levels, within the context of plastic surgery.

PMID:
31246840
DOI:
10.1097/PRS.0000000000005784
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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