The impact of Scottish Government protocols on practice in Scotland

P. R. C. Steele (Lead / Corresponding author), M. L. Barnes, P. D. Ross

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    Objectives: To investigate rates of septorhinoplasty and rhinoplasty in Scotland between 2006 and 2010, and to establish the impact of government legislation.

    Methods: Data on the rates of rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty were collected and analysed according to specialty, region and year.

    Results: In 2006, 754 septorhinoplasty and rhinoplasty cases were recorded (147 per million population), rising to 893 (171 per million population) in 2010. Mean annual rates per million population were 152 (87 per cent of procedures) in ENT, 13.9 (8 per cent) in plastic surgery and 8.7 (8 per cent) in oromaxillofacial surgery. After 2009, there was a 43 per cent reduction in the rhinoplasty rate (p < 0.0001), although the oromaxillofacial surgery rate increased by 68 per cent (p < 0.05). Over the same period, the septorhinoplasty rate increased in ENT (46 per cent, p < 0.0001), and declined in plastic surgery (24 per cent, p = 0.49) and oromaxillofacial surgery (45 per cent, p = 0.05). Overall, the rate for rhinoplasty plus septorhinoplasty only declined by 1 per cent. There was significant regional variation.

    Conclusion: Overall, septorhinoplasty rates have increased and rhinoplasty rates have decreased. There was only a 1 per cent decrease in the overall rate following the 2009 legislation. Practice differs between regions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-349
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
    Issue number4
    Early online date25 Mar 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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