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Creation of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery FACE TO FACE Database

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The FACE TO FACE international humanitarian missions program was created by the nonprofit Education and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in 1992. To date, it is estimated that AAFPRS volunteer surgeons have operated on thousands of patients worldwide, and educational activities have helped countless other patients. However, there has been no standard, easily accessible system in place to track these data. Effective documentation and retrieval of patient data and outcomes for surgeries performed abroad are critical to the long-term success of humanitarian mission sites.1-4

To address these challenges, the web-based FACE TO FACE database was developed to promote more efficient storage and retrieval of patient data. This database is unique in that it is available to any AAFPRS surgeon on a FACE TO FACE–sanctioned mission trip and thus allows for longitudinal tracking of patient care.

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Originally published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, 19 (2), 158-160. The original material can be found here.