Psychosocial Situation of the Open-Heart Surgery Patient One Year After Operation
In follow-up studies the success of a major operation is often evaluated by several criteria besides the improvement in the patient’s bodily condition. One of these additional criterion is whether the patient returns to work or not. Although rarely explicitly stated the use of this criterion would seem to rest on the following two arguments: (1) The surgeon feels a broad conception of health to be appropriate and consequently regards himself as being responsible not only for repairing the patient’s bodily damage but also for helping him/her to restore his/her overall social function ing and well being, which includes the ability to work. (2) From a psychosomatic viewpoint it can be argued that retirement per se is a traumatic event, which implies the loss of important social functions and contacts and is considered as a threat to ego-identity and self-esteem.
KeywordsAortic Valve Replacement Mitral Valve Replacement Personality Test Work Situation Psychological Adaptation
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