Title:
Septoplasty is a proven and effective procedure: an experts view of a burning issue
Authors:
J. A. de Ru
Institutions:
Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Central Military Hospital Dr. A. Mathijsen, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Keywords:
Evidence-based medicine; nasal surgery
Pages:
257 - 262
Abstract:
Septoplasty is a proven and effective procedure: an experts view of a burning issue. Problem: The scientific research agenda of the Dutch Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery claims that there is a knowledge gap with regard to the efficacy of septoplasty for a blocked nose. This assertion is based on a restrictive approach to evidence-based medicine that could result in unnecessary trials and the abolition or rationing of sound treatment options. Methodology: The arguments in favour of the effectiveness of septoplasty are based on the total spectrum of evidence from research, clinical experience and basic science. Results: The best available evidence shows that this form of treatment is satisfactory for more than two thirds of all patients. Conclusion: If all levels of evidence are taken into account, it becomes clear that there is no knowledge gap with regard to the efficacy of septoplasty for blocked nose.
Issue:
Vol. 11, 2015, 4th trimester


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Septoplasty is a proven and effective procedure: an experts view of a burning issue