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Research Letter
August 2016

Association of DiaRem Score With Cure of Type 2 Diabetes Following Bariatric Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Obesity Institute, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 2Weis Center for Research, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 3Center for Health Research, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(8):779-781. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0251

There is great anticipation for the predicted impact that the Precision Medicine Initiative will have on health outcomes.1 However, we do not need to wait to sequence the DNA of the proposed 1 million–person cohort for this initiative; we can make significant strides in improving the precision of care delivery now. There are sufficient data in existing electronic health record systems that can be used to facilitate tailored treatment decisions. For example, the DiaRem score, a validated score generated from data readily available in the medical record, can be used for patients with type 2 diabetes to predict whether bariatric surgery will lead to short-term remission of diabetes.24 Herein, we examine whether this score can be used to predict patients for whom bariatric surgery will result in cure of type 2 diabetes.5

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