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.
Suskind AM, Finlayson E. Focus on Surgical Outcomes That Matter to Older Patients. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(9):e161701. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1701