TRACE II: Outcome in patients undergoing postponed elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Funded by Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW)
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Grant number: 1.043E+13

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Start & end year

  • Funder

    Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    Netherlands, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Maastricht University Medical Center+
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Indirect health impacts

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  • Clinical Trial Details

    Not applicable

  • Broad Policy Alignment


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  • Vulnerable Population


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Project description During the peak of the corona crisis in the Netherlands (March - May 2020), many planned operations were postponed. Many appointments with general practitioners and medical specialists have also been postponed, which means that patients may have been diagnosed with surgery later than normal. This can cause delays in scheduling an operation. This project investigates whether postponing surgery has consequences for the health and recovery of patients. In eight different hospitals, patients are asked to fill in questionnaires around their surgery and medical information is collected about their recovery after surgery. These data are compared to a control group of a large nationwide surgical patient survey conducted between 2016 and 2019 (TRACE I). The results of this research can help plan operative care in the future during a crisis situation.