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Comment & Response
June 17, 2020

Prehabilitation vs Postoperative Rehabilitation for Frail Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 3Division of Allied Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • 4The University of Melbourne, Centre for Integrated Critical Care, Melbourne, Australia
JAMA Surg. Published online June 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1807

To the Editor We would like to congratulate Carli et al1 for exploring multimodal prehabilitation in frail patients prior to colorectal cancer resection. Before perioperative clinicians abandon prehabilitation in frail patients as a preemptive strategy to engender good postsurgical outcomes, we would like to draw attention to the necessity of optimal prehabilitation strategies and suggest that concluding that “alternate strategies should be considered to prepare frail patients for surgery”1 may be premature.

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