Two quotes best illustrate the importance of research not only for academic practices but also private practices. The first quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein: “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

Research results in methods, practices and treatments that we may use to improve the outcomes of our patients. It creates the opportunities to promote patient safety and improve our efficiency in the perioperative arena. Some of these opportunities even reduce healthcare costs which in turn deliver a product that achieves the goals of our hospital and practice administrators for our groups. Ultimately, these successes ingratiate our practices in the eyes of hospital and practice administrators and may lead to leverage in negotiations for service contracts.

The second quote has been attributed to Japanese physicist Sumio Iijima:...

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