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Critical appraisal on the impact of preoperative rehabilitation and outcomes after major abdominal and cardiothoracic surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Surgery 2020; 167: 540-549.

Published: 25th August 2020

Authors: Kamarajah SK, Bundred J, Weblin J, Tan BHL


The analysis included 61 studies involving 5,921 procedures. Patients who had prehabilitation before major abdominal surgery had reduced rates of overall complications (odds ratio 0.61, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.43 to 0.86, P=0.005), pulmonary complications (0.41, 0.25 to 0.67) and cardiac complications (0.46, 0.22 to 0.96).

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