Optimism and Rehospitalization After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Michael F. Scheier, Karen A. Matthews, Jane F. Owens, Richard Schulz, Michael W. Bridges, George J. Magovern, Charles S. Carver
1999 Archives of Internal Medicine  
Objective: To determine whether optimism predicts lower rates of rehospitalization after coronary artery bypass graft surgery for the 6 months after surgery. Methods: A prospective, inception cohort design was used. The sample consisted of all consenting patients (N = 309) from a consecutive series of patients scheduled for elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery at a large, metropolitan hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. To be eligible, patients could not be scheduled for any other coincidental
more » ... surgery (eg, valve replacement) and could not be in the cardiac intensive care unit or experiencing angina at the time of the referral. Participants were predominantly men (69.9%) and married (80.3%), and averaged 62.8 years of age. Recruitment occurred between
doi:10.1001/archinte.159.8.829 pmid:10219928 fatcat:xmjkjso4qfayzhvtxuxxkjxg3u