Active and passive compliance in an enhanced recovery programme

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Thorn et al (2016) conducted a study investigating Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). A multidimensional, prospective database of 799 consecutive patients undergoing colorectal surgery within an established ERAS programme at a single institution was interrogated.



The results suggested that poor active compliance by the patient may be a surrogate marker of morbidity which can be recognised in the early post-operative period. This has potential implication for timely diagnosis and intervention.