Background to the study

Prehabilitation interventions are being delivered across surgical specialities to improve health risk behaviours leading to better surgical outcomes and potentially reduce length of hospital stay. Most of the research so far has focused on specific surgery specialities and has not considered the impact of interventions on health inequalities, nor whether prehabilitation improves health behaviour risk profiles beyond surgery.

The aim of this review was to examine behavioural prehabilitation interventions across surgeries to inform policy makers and commissioners of the best available evidence.