Risk of post-op complications is higher among older minority patients

09/30/2013

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing looked at common postoperative complications among patients aged 65 and older, and found that black and Hispanic patients had a greater likelihood of suffering from complications following surgery than their white counterparts. The most common reason for the difference was the presence of pre-existing medical conditions, the study's lead author said. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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