In this study, led by the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, researchers developed and validated better surgical specialty-specific multimorbidity definitions based on distinct characteristics of older inpatients undergoing general, orthopedic, or vascular surgery.
The researchers used 2016 to 2017 Medicare administrative claims data on patients aged 66-90 years for the analysis.
Compared to conventional multimorbidity definitions, the new definitions labeled fewer patients multimorbid:
In addition, 30-day mortality was higher using the new definitions:
The new multimorbidity definitions identified far more specific, higher-risk patients than conventional definitions, which can help in clinical decision-making, the researchers say.Read More >>