Accepted for Publication: June 5, 2014.
Published Online: September 10, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1711.
Study concept and design: Anaya.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.
Drafting of the manuscript: Lau, Salami, Castillo, Anaya.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Salami, Anaya.
Obtained funding: Anaya.
Administrative, technical, and material support: Castillo, Poppelaars, Anaya.
Study supervision: Anaya.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by grant P00494-S1 from the Office of Rural Health–South Central VA Veterans Integrated Service Network Clinical Systems Program Office, Telehealth and Rural Access Program. This material is also based on work supported in part by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development, and grant HFP90-020 from the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funding organizations had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs of the US Government or of Baylor College of Medicine.
Previous Presentation: This paper was presented at the 38th Annual Surgical Symposium of the Association of VA Surgeons; April 5, 2014; New Haven, Connecticut.