In the clinic. Preoperative evaluation.

Annals of internal medicine (Impact Factor: 16.1). 08/2009; 151(1):ITC1-15, quiz ITC16.
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ABSTRACT The content of In the Clinic is drawn from the clinical information and education resources of the American College of Physicians (ACP), including PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource) and MKSAP (Medical Knowledge and Self Assessment Program). Annals of Internal Medicine editors develop In the Clinic from these primary sources in collaboration with the ACP's Medical Education and Publishing division and with assistance of science writers and physician writers. Editorial consultants from PIER and MKSAP provide expert review of the content. Readers who are interested in these primary resources for more detail can consult,, and other resources referenced within each issue of In the Clinic. The information contained herein should never be used as a substitute for clinical judgment. CME OBJECTIVE: To review strategies to evaluate and reduce perioperative risk.

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