Medical and surgical co-management - A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

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Fierbinteanu-Braticevici C., Raspe M., Preda A. L., Livcane E., Lazebnik L., Kinva S., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, vol.61, pp.44-47, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


With the increase of ageing population, rates of chronic diseases and complex medical conditions, the management of high-risk surgical patients is likely to become a great concern in most countries. Considering all these factors, it is certainly rational and intuitive that internists should be included into a collaborative model of medical and surgical co-management, where their multi-potentiality and synthesis capacity require them to coordinate the multidisciplinary team and to be the leading agent of change. In this regard, our aim was to present the official position and approach of the Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM), for implementation of this strategy of care, encouraging internists to assume an important role and to provide continuity of multidisciplinary care, from the decision to operate through to rehabilitation and recovery. Moving from the traditional model of medical care of the surgical patients to the co-management model, from a reactive simple consultation to a new pro-active continued service, may optimize the quality and perioperative care, improving the survival, shortening hospital stays, replacing the old strategy of late and complication treatment to an early and preventive one.