Buy this Article for $10.95

Have a coupon or promotional code? Enter it here:

When you buy this you'll get access to the ePub version, a downloadable PDF, and the ability to print the full article.

Keywords

 

Authors

  1. Barnett, Scott D. PhD
  2. Halpin, Linda S. RN, MSN

Abstract

This study assessed functional status changes among elderly persons (aged 65+) during the first 2 years following an elective coronary artery bypass graft. Physical functional status increased 39.1% from baseline to 1 year and 2.1% from 1 to 2 years. Role functioning increased 42.7% at 1 year and slightly decreased by 2.1% from 1 to 2 years postsurgery. From baseline to 1 year, female patients nearly doubled the percent gain of men for both Physical Function (+59.3% vs +33.9%, respectively) and Role Function (+62.0% vs +37.8%, respectively). Physical Function scores continued to increase from 1 to 2 years for women (+9.5%) compared to men (+0.7%). These findings suggest that elderly persons can expect postsurgical functional status to increase steadily during the first 2 years after surgery.