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Frailty and Surgical Decision MakingFrailty and Surgical Decision Making ONLINE FIRST

Victoria L. Tang, MD, MAS; and Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH
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This article was published at www.annals.org on 23 August 2016.


From University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California.

Disclosures: Dr. Covinsky reports grants from the National Institutes of Health during the conduct of the study. Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M16-1866.

Corresponding Author: Victoria L. Tang, MD, MAS, 4150 Clement Street, 181G, San Francisco, CA 94121; e-mail, victoria.tang@ucsf.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Tang: 4150 Clement Street, 181G, San Francisco, CA 94121.

Dr. Covinsky: 4150 Clement Street, 111G, San Francisco, CA 94121.


Ann Intern Med. Published online 23 August 2016 doi:10.7326/M16-1866
© 2016 American College of Physicians
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Frailty is a syndrome of aging that increasingly is being recognized as an important predictor of patient outcomes. In their current article, Kim and colleagues present a systematic review on preoperative frailty assessment and long-term outcomes in older adults undergoing cardiac surgical procedures. The editorialists discuss how the findings support assessing older adults considering surgery for frailty. Through identifying frailty, we may be able to improve care for our older surgical patients.

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