A young lung transplant patient is shown weeks after surgery working with his physical therapist to regain normal strength and endurance. Research on perioperative outcomes has centered on survival or occurrence of major adverse outcomes like myocardial infarction or stroke after surgery. Yet the outcomes that patients value most are seldom measured. In this issue of Anesthesiology, Shulman et al. validated an assessment tool for assessing health-related disability in a diverse surgical population. This provides a tool for future investigators to measure the outcomes patients value most: disability-free survival after surgery.

  • Shulman et al.: Measurement of Disability-free Survival after Surgery, p. 524

  • Kalkman and Kappen: Patient-centered Endpoints for Perioperative Outcomes Research, p. 481