Preoperative Disability in US Veterans.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Using the 12-item World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS-12), we measured the prevalence of disability in all eligible patients during a 4-month period who were presenting for preoperative evaluation at a US Veterans Affairs hospital. Overall disability was at least moderate in more than half of these patients (total n = 472 at Durham, NC). Two of the 6 WHODAS domains, "Getting Around" and "Participation in Society," contributed most to the overall scores-25% and 20%, respectively. Further studies are needed to determine the impact of domain-specific disabilities on postoperative outcomes and to identify potential interventions to address these vulnerabilities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sora, A; Pyati, S; Kuo, M; Schroeder, R; Barbeito, A; Corcoran, C; Raghunathan, K

Published Date

  • November 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 131 / 5

Start / End Page

  • e209 - e212

PubMed ID

  • 33094965

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-7598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004666


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States