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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Surgery Common for Medicare Patients in Final Year of Life

"Of the 1.8 million Medicare patients who died in 2008, about one-third underwent a surgical procedure the year before their death, according to a new study published online in The Lancet. More than 18% underwent a procedure in the last month of life.

Primary source: The Lancet
Source reference:
Kwok A, et al "The intensity and variation of surgical care at the end of life: a retrospective cohort study" Lancet 2011; DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61268-3.