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March 20, 1978

Work Status After Coronary Bypass Surgery

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Birmingham, Ala

JAMA. 1978;239(12):1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280390028011

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To the Editor.—  Those of us in private cardiology who are impressed by the positive aspects of coronary bypass surgery have great interest in the working status of our patients preoperatively and postoperatively. This was nicely discussed in the paper by Barnes et al (238:1259, 1977). Nonetheless, the negative aspects of this paper are a little disturbing, and there are a couple of points that I think merit further discussion. It is well known that the time off from work prior to surgery has a great influence on whether or not a patient returns to work after surgery, and it would be nice to have this information available in respect to the 43 patients in their group who did not return to work after operation.It is impressive to me that 54% of the patients who were not working at all prior to surgery returned to some type of work.