The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) is committed to facilitating high quality, clinical and health services research that promotes evidence-based medicine in plastic surgery.
The PSF Clinical Trials Network
The PSF, in its ongoing efforts to advance the practice of plastic surgery, is continuing to develop the Clinical Trials Network. The Network is designed to be the leading facilitator of evidence-based medicine and Plastic Surgery Clinical Trials Research with a focus on improving upon quality of care and patient safety. Its charge is to build multi-center networks of leading clinicians to identify and research clinical priority areas in plastic surgery. Outcomes data from the trials will assist surgeons, patients and payers in choosing safe, effective and efficient treatment interventions.
The Network is currently conducting studies focusing on examining DVT/PE prevention strategies - the VTEP Study, as well as two other such multi-center projects, the FACE-Q and the SPAR Study, focusing on evaluating procedural outcomes, patient satisfaction and quality of life. Furthermore, the network is also involved in designing a study examining post-mastectomy breast reconstruction outcomes. Past PSF-supported multi-center projects also include the Breast-Q. By supporting these studies and others like them, The PSF is ensuring important clinical information is available to help advance plastic surgery practice.