Rhinologic literature has historically relied on lower levels of evidence to make prescriptive recommendations for use of new technology and procedures. However, as the medical profession has moved to embrace the principles of evidence-based medicine, expectations for minimum standards of evidence have risen. The resulting high-quality efficacy outcomes data have become the linchpin of informed decision making by physicians, payers, and health care systems. While many challenges remain in this transition to higher evidence expectations, none are insurmountable. It has become the responsibility of the organized medical profession to play a role in influencing and supporting production of high-quality outcomes research.
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