Randomized clinical trial of the effects of preoperative and postoperative oral nutritional supplements on clinical course and cost of care.
BACKGROUND: Postoperative oral nutritional supplementation has been shown to be of clinical benefit. This study examined the clinical effects and cost of administration of oral supplements both before and after surgery. METHODS: This was a randomized clinical trial conducted in three centres. Patients undergoing lower gastrointestinal tract surgery were randomized to one of four groups: group CC received no nutritional supplements, group SS took supplements both before and after surgery, grou...Expand abstract
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