Maine et al1 have published the next step necessary to define the burden of surgically amenable conditions in low-resource settings.1 Over the last decade, there has been a rapid proliferation of interest in “global surgery,” as most recently reflected by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.2 Plaguing this movement has been a lack of robust, on-the-ground epidemiologic data describing the true denominator: the number of people who might benefit from surgical intervention—the unmet surgical need.
Joseph D. Forrester, Sherry M. Wren. Using Epidemiology to Determine Surgical Needs in Low-Resource Settings. JAMA Surg. Published online October 25, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4027