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June/July 2015 (vol. 12/1)

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Cardiac patients returning to work

Patients returning to work after coronary angioplasty or cardiac surgery were significantly more likely to report high job satisfaction if they returned on reduced hours or with modified/reduced tasks (p < 0.01). Ninety consecutive employed cardiac patients (average age 49 years, 91% male) were followed up for 12 months after hospital discharge. Three factors were independently predictive of a satisfying return to work: job satisfaction before the surgery (p < 0.001); not having depression (p < 0.01); and ambition (p = 0.04). Socio-demographic or medical factors were not predictive of job satisfaction on return to work. Early assessment of patients’ psychosocial work environment and depressive symptoms is recommended. 

  1. Return to work after coronary revascularization procedures and a patient’s job satisfaction: A prospective study. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health 2015; online first: doi: 10.2478/s13382-014-0313-5

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2015 (vol. 12/1) pp35