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Table 1 Recommendations for enhancement of the recovery of the depressed surgical Patient

From: Depression and postoperative complications: an overview

• Adoption of reliable and feasible screening process.
• Use of large multi-center randomized controlled trials to confirm the value of screening and treatment of depression.
• Adoption of a multi-modal approach of peri-operative care.
• Inclusion of major depression in risk stratification tools for predicting morbidity and mortality in adult patients undergoing major surgery.
• More use of clinical registries in studies for the depressed surgical patient.