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This report summarizes the evidence for efficacy and risk according to generally accepted indications for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. It summarizes information contained in 322 papers published between 1971 and 1990. It also provides a description of the expert panel process and the results of their ratings of appropriateness and necessity.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation joint report health series. The joint report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1988 to 1993 that included documents published jointly with other organizations, which transmitted major research findings and final research.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.