Association Between Loneliness, Postoperative Mortality Among Medicare Patients

JAMA Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 11 A.M. (ET), WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2022

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About The Study: In this study of 4,400 Medicare patients, self-reported loneliness was associated with an increased risk of death at 30 days after non-elective surgery. The findings suggest that loneliness may be an important social determinant of postoperative outcomes, particularly for non-elective care.

Authors: Jennifer F. Waljee, M.D., M.P.H., of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the corresponding author.

 

(doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.4784)

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