Monday, November 11, 2013

The role of the condition of the patient in the result of surgery

We have been impressed by the body of evidence indicating that among the 4Ps (problem, patient, physician, procedure), the patient is a very important determinant of the result of treatment. As William Osler observed, 'It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.". Over the last several years we have noted data supporting what "our friend Bill" said many years ago.

Here are some of our posts demonstrating the importance of the patient - some relate to shoulder surgery and others to other procedures.

General considerations
   Patient health and surgical risk
   Charlson Comorbidity Index
   Ten modifiable factors that can improve health and outcome
   Obesity 6
   Obesity 7
   Obesity 8
   Obesity 9

   Opiod use 1
   Opiod use 2

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