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November 13, 2019

Looking Beyond Mortality Among Older Adults Who Are Frail and Considering Surgical Intervention

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Harbor–University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Torrance
  • 2Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles
  • 3Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 4Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Connecticut Health Care System, West Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(1):e194638. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4638

Frailty is well recognized as a geriatric syndrome that has significant association with outcomes after surgical intervention.1 Despite the recognition of frailty, there is no consensus on how to best measure or intervene on the modifiable risks that compose the frailty syndrome.2 In addition, further work is needed on how best to incorporate the finding of frailty into the decision-making process for older adults considering surgical intervention.

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