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Resilience after surgery in older women


Resilience is the individual s ability to recover from a stressor, e.g. an illness or surgery. Resilience tends to be lower in older, frailer individuals with multiple diseases. Insufficient ability to recover from treatment is a contra-indicator for treatment. To date, physical resilience has mainly been investigated in small patient groups in clinical settings. Little is known about the public health impact of poor physical resilience. The aim of this body of work is to examine physical resilience from a public health perspective. We will examine the definition and prevalence of poor physical resilience in older women.