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Research Article Volume 1 Issue 7

Pre-operative Request for Spiritual Care and Surgical Outcome in Patients Undergoing Elective Cardiac Surgery

Elbertus LJ de Haar1, Pauline J Brandon Bravo Bruinsma2 and George J Brandon Bravo Bruinsma3*

1Department of Spiritual Care, Isala Hospital, Zwolle, The Netherlands
2Faculty of Medicine, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Isala Heart Centre, Isala Hospital, Zwolle, The Netherlands

*Corresponding Author: George J Brandon Bravo Bruinsma, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Isala Heart Centre, Isala Hospital, Zwolle, The Netherlands.

Received: June 22, 2020; Published: July 17, 2020



In a retrospective study of 5,497 patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery, we compared the surgical outcome for 74 patients asking for pre-operative spiritual care with the outcome of the other 5,423 patients. The spiritual support group was elder (p=0.004), incorporated relatively more females (p=0.013), and experienced higher mortality (p=0.033). Multiple logistic regression analysis singled out age as predicting factor for death within the first year postoperatively (p < 0.001). We suggest that in patients asking for pre-operative spiritual support, cardiac surgeons and spiritual counsellors need to be aware of these findings and may adjust their counselling.

Keywords: Cardiac Surgery; Spiritual Care; Surgical Outcome; Pre-Operative Counselling; Mortality



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Citation: George J Brandon Bravo Bruinsma., et al. “Pre-operative Request for Spiritual Care and Surgical Outcome in Patients Undergoing Elective Cardiac Surgery". Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports 1.7 (2020): 03-07.


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