ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
An evaluation of quality of life following coronary artery bypass graft surgery
Fatma Demir Korkmaz1, Aliye Okgün Alcan1, Fatma Eti Aslan2, Hatice Çakmakçı3
1Ege Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Cerrahi Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
2Acıbadem Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
3Kartal Koşuyolu Yüksek İhtisas Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.9343
Background: This study aims to evaluate pre- and postoperative quality of life of the patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Methods: The study included a total of 195 patients (159 males, 36 females; mean age 56.8±8.5 years; range, 32 to 78 years) above 18 years of age who had no communication problem and underwent elective CABG in a training and research hospital in Istanbul. The quality of life was measured using the Short-Form 36 (SF-36) preoperatively and at six weeks and one year postoperatively.

Results: Patients’ mean scores for sub-aspects of the quality of life were significantly increased at six weeks and one year postoperatively compared to preoperative values (p<0.001). Compared to preoperative period, the most significant increases were in scores for social function, physical role, and changes in health status during the preceding year at one year postoperatively.

Conclusion: The quality of life of the patients increased in all aspects in the postoperative period.

Keywords : Coronary artery bypass; pre- and postoperative period; quality of life
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