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Comment & Response
December 5, 2017

Length of Stay After Overlapping Surgery—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Deputy Editor, JAMA
  • 2Department of Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, Dallas
  • 3Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA. 2017;318(21):2140-2141. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16631

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.

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