Frailty as a predictor of surgical outcomes in older patients.

  title={Frailty as a predictor of surgical outcomes in older patients.},
  author={Martin A. Makary and Dorry L Segev and Peter J. Pronovost and Dora Syin and K. Bandeen-Roche and Purvi M Patel and Ryan K Takenaga and Lara L Devgan and Christine G. Holzmueller and Jianrong Tian and Linda P. Fried},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  volume={210 6},
BACKGROUND Preoperative risk assessment is important yet inexact in older patients because physiologic reserves are difficult to measure. Frailty is thought to estimate physiologic reserves, although its use has not been evaluated in surgical patients. We designed a study to determine if frailty predicts surgical complications and enhances current perioperative risk models. STUDY DESIGN We prospectively measured frailty in 594 patients (age 65 years or older) presenting to a university… CONTINUE READING
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