Invited Commentary
August 2014

How to Best Forecast Adverse Outcomes Following Geriatric TraumaAn Ageless Question?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

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JAMA Surg. 2014;149(8):773. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.304

A tension exists in the surgical literature about using chronological age to forecast surgical risk. Large database studies have generally concluded that advancing age independently predicts adverse surgical outcomes. In contrast, single-institution case series have noted that excellent surgical outcomes can be achieved in the oldest old. An explanation that may reconcile these opposing conclusions is the concept of physiological, rather than chronological, age that is quantified using frailty assessment.

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