Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Poor occupational outcomes may delay work resumption after coronary artery bypass surgery

Eleven authors have published a study seeking to determine the rate of individuals returning to work after experiencing acute cardiac events. The study also explored the predictive factors of those who don’t or who are delayed in their return to respective places of employment.

The sample was taken from 401 patients admitted into hospital following coronary artery bypass surgery or acute coronary syndrome at the time of their employment. It is noted that 23 patients were lost during the follow up period.

According to the study, 90.7% of the patients returned to work after recovery from coronary artery bypass graft surgery or acute coronary syndrome with whilst only 9.7% did not. The study sought to identify clear predictors that led to individuals delaying or not resuming employment following one year recovery. Individuals with physically demanding occupations, a negative perception surrounding health and ambivalence towards their career are less likely to return to their existing positions. Furthermore, increased hospital admission times, past illness and depression were also highlighted as predictive factors for delayed employment return.

The study highlights that the small percentage of females within the sample (11%) limits the ability to apply these results to an external setting and further research is required in this environment.

Have a full read of the study here:

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