Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Pramod Bonde, MD


Coronary artery bypass surgery is the most common cardiovascular operation performed in the United States. Coronary artery bypass surgery lowers rates of cardiovascular death by restoring circulation to cardiac tissue in patients with coronary artery disease. However, this surgery is associated with unacceptably high readmission rates, posing both health risks for the patient and a substantial financial burden on the healthcare system. Our objective is to investigate whether peer education can improve 30-day readmission rates of patients after coronary artery bypass surgery. Adult patients undergoing a coronary artery bypass surgery will either receive the usual standard of care or four assigned group sessions with a peer educator, with the primary metric being 30-day readmission rate due to any cause. If successful, peer education could be integrated into the management of coronary artery bypass surgery patients, improving patient care and saving the healthcare-related costs.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access