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Editor's Correspondence
February 28, 2011

Is There Value in a Preoperative Medical Consultation?

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Copyright 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2011

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(4):365-369. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.7

Wijeysundera et al1 should be commended for their thought-provoking article suggesting that preoperative medical consultation is associated with worse outcomes. They performed a detailed analysis of administrative data, attempted to minimize bias with appropriate statistical techniques, and found a positive association between preoperative consultation and mortality.

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