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Invited Commentary
September 21, 2016

Focus on Surgical Outcomes That Matter to Older Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco

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JAMA Surg. 2016;151(9):e161701. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1701

Loss of independence is a devastating life change for older adults. Compared with younger individuals, older adults value functional independence over morbidity when rating factors that are important to their general well-being.1 Although most of the surgical literature focuses on morbidity and mortality as measures of surgical quality, those outcomes do not sufficiently reflect the values of the growing number of older individuals who undergo surgical procedures.

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