Journal article

Resumption of Work After Acute Coronary Syndrome or Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Marian U Worcester, Peter C Elliott, Alyna Turner, Jeremy J Pereira, Barbara M Murphy, Michael R Le Grande, Katherine L Middleton, Hema S Navaratnam, John K Nguyen, Robert W Newman, James Tatoulis

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Return to work is an important indicator of recovery after acute cardiac events. This study aimed to determine rates of work resumption and identify predictors of non-return to work and delayed resumption of work. METHODS: 401 currently employed patients consecutively admitted after acute coronary syndrome or to undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery were recruited. Patient characteristics, perceptions and occupational outcomes were investigated via interviews and self-report questionnaires. RESULTS: Twenty-three patients were lost to follow-up. Of the 378 completers, 343 (90.7%) patients resumed work, while 35 (9.3%) did not. By four months, 309 (91.1%) patients had return..

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