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Editor's Correspondence
May 22, 2000

Identifying High-Risk Surgical Patients by Poor Self-Reported Exercise Tolerance

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(10):1537-1538. doi:

I appreciated the excellent work done by Reilly et al1 in demonstrating a correlation between self-reported poor exercise tolerance and an increased risk of serious postoperative complications. I want to bring to your readers' and the authors' attention previous work that used a specific activity scale questionnaire2 to demonstrate this same correlation in a group of patients undergoing major head and neck cancer surgery.3