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Comment & Response
September 25, 2019

Role of Adherence to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Programs in Mitigating Health Care Disparities

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(1):91-92. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3486

To the Editor We were pleased with the publication of the article “Association Between Use of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol and Postoperative Complications in Colorectal Surgery: The Postoperative Outcomes Within Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol (POWER) Study” by Ripollés-Melchor et al.1 The authors demonstrate an association between increased adherence to the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol and fewer postoperative complications. We commend the authors and reflect on the use of standardized processes to reduce disparities in perioperative care. The persistence of disparities perpetuates inferior health care and lends further impetus for ERAS compliance.2

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