Older Adults Voice Concerns About Going to the Operating Room

March 9, 2022

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New findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, based at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and supported by AARP and Michigan Medicine, suggest that many older adults harbor concerns about scheduling elective surgery. Among adults polled, nearly two-thirds had concerns about potential pain or discomfort and over half worried about a difficult recovery process. Other concerns included out-of-pocket costs, post-operation caregiving and ability to take time off of work for recovery.

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