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Long-term Survival Following Bariatric Surgery in the VA Health System

Sameer B. Murali, MD1
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1Department of Bariatric Medicine, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Fontana
JAMA. 2015;313(14):1473-1474. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2580.
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To the Editor The study by Dr Arterburn and colleagues1 found lower mortality among obese patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system receiving bariatric surgery compared with matched controls not receiving surgery. The authors did not account for several relevant sources of selection bias introduced by the VA bariatric surgery eligibility criteria.2


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April 14, 2015
David E. Arterburn, MD, MPH; George Eid, MD; Matthew L. Maciejewski, PhD
1Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
2Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2015;313(14):1474-1475. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2586.
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