Prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and its predictors following coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Rana Rawashdeh, Mohammad Al Qadire, Jafar Alshraideh, Omar Al Omari

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BACKGROUND: Cardiac surgery can be traumatic and stressful, and as a result many people experience psychological difficulties following treatment.

AIM: To assess the level of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 1 month after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery among Jordanian patients, and to examine the predictors of PTSD after 1 month.

METHOD: A descriptive survey design was used.

FINDINGS: 149 patients participated in the study. Their mean age was 59 years (SD=10.2) and most were male (87%) and married (93%). Some 44% of patients had PTSD. Length of stay in hospital (c² (1)=6.598, P<0.05), and age (c² (1)=4.920, P<0.05), predicted the occurrence of PTSD after 1 month.

CONCLUSIONS: Nurses, who are usually in the frontline with patients, should consider using a robust tool and clinical interview to assess and evaluate the presence and the risks of PTSD to promote early detection and optimal management. Follow-up studies after 6 and 12 months would be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-800
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 8 2021


  • Aged
  • Coronary Artery Bypass/psychology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Jordan/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/epidemiology

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