Accepted for Publication: July 14, 2014.
Published Online: November 19, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2895.
Study concept and design: Kummerow, Hooks.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.
Drafting of the manuscript: Kummerow, Shyr, Hooks.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Kummerow, Du, Penson, Hooks.
Statistical analysis: Kummerow, Du, Shyr.
Obtained funding: Hooks.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Hooks.
Study supervision: Penson, Hooks.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This material is based on work supported by the Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Program and with use of facilities at Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funding agency supported the work indirectly through provision of salary support and training for the primary author, but had no specific 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.