In Reply Dr Hyder and colleagues contend that we incompletely represented the findings of their study of the effect of overlapping surgery on clinical outcomes by stating that their study “reported longer length of stay for some types of overlapping cases.” They note that their primary analysis showed no difference in length of stay; the difference in length of stay occurred only in a preplanned secondary analysis. Our summary of their complex set of analyses was necessarily concise, but not inaccurate.
Livingston EH, Mello MM. Length of Stay After Overlapping Surgery—Reply. JAMA. 2017;318(21):2140–2141. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16631
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