Are Surgeons Required to Gather and Report Statistics on Outcomes?

Just wondering if there are systems in place for surgeons to follow up on post-surgical outcomes - not only in terms of the success of the procedure, but of overall physical and psychological health - within their own practice, and whether there is any body that currently takes an interest in this kind of reporting. I assume not, but imagine that tremendously useful information could be gathered from a sharp enough questionnaire.

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Surgical outcomes

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a voluntary online TOPS surgical case outcomes reporting system for its members. The system allows participating surgeons to compare their outcomes with other surgeons. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is incorporating outcomes reporting as part of its board recertification process.

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