New centre is set up to promote evidence based surgery in the United KingdomBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1396-b (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1396
- Zosia Kmietowicz
What is thought to be the world's first centre to help coordinate clinical trials into surgical interventions opened this week in the United Kingdom.
The de Lotbinière Facial Surgery Research Centre is the brainchild of Mr Iain Hutchison, consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Royal London Hospital.
The centre aims to stimulate research and provide rapid answers to important questions about the value of surgical techniques for treating conditions affecting the mouth and face. Unlike drug interventions, surgical treatments—:for a number of reasons—:are rarely covered by randomised trials, said Mr Hutchison,
One of the problems is that surgeons tend to work on their …