One-Third of Short-Stay Surgical Patients Do Not Recover to Baseline within Two Months

June 18, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Short-stay surgical patients—those whose admission is less than 24 hours—generally report recovery at or above their baseline level of health by two months postoperatively, but a significant proportion do not meet this milestone, according to a study in the July 2014 Surgery. Of the 132 participating patients, 33% had not returned to self-reported health-related quality of life two months after surgery.

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