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Invited Critique
December 20, 2010

The Past and Present as Prologue to the Future: Comment on “Profile of Inpatient Operating Room Procedures in US Hospitals in 2007”

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Copyright 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2010

Arch Surg. 2010;145(12):1208. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.270

Given the current debate on health care reform, this descriptive, nonanalytical statistical overview of 10-year trends in OR procedures by Elixhauser and Andrews is timely and informative. Documenting trends in OR use, an expensive allocation of resources, provides policy makers with data to more accurately estimate future resource needs, especially costs. The specification of population trend data facilitates strategic planning with an opportunity to focus allocation of shrinking financial resources.