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dc.contributor.advisorNutt, Rita
dc.contributor.authorHart, Jennifer
dc.contributor.departmentNursingen_US
dc.contributor.programDoctor of Nursing Practiceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-21T16:24:05Z
dc.date.available2018-05-21T16:24:05Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.description.abstractHeart failure (HF) is the fastest growing cardiac disease, and it is associated with high mortality, significant disease burden, and poor quality of life and imposes a substantial cost to our healthcare system. Heart failure contributes to the highest frequency of 30-day hospital readmissions out of all causes, suggesting suboptimal self-care and inadequate inpatient and discharge management. These readmissions significantly increase risk for premature death and disability, emphasizing the need for quality improvement. The project’s purpose was to determine if 60 minutes of standardized inpatient education and scripted telephone follow-up, administered by staff nurses trained in HF, could reduce 30-day hospital readmissions. A quasi-experimental, mixed-methods design was used. Participants were recruited from two cardiac units in a mid-Atlantic medical center. Inpatients ages ≥ 18 admitted November 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 with a diagnosis of HF were eligible. The comparison group comprised patients receiving usual inpatient and discharge care for two months prior to project implementation. Aligning with American Heart Association recommendations for Enhanced HF Discharge Education, the intervention included 60 minutes of standardized inpatient education delivered in four, 15-minute sessions and 30-day scripted telephone follow-up. A 25% reduction in 30-day readmissions was seen in the group receiving the standardized inpatient education; however, there was no difference in readmissions among patients who consented to participate in telephone follow-up versus those that declined. This project supports standardized inpatient education in minimizing 30-day readmissions, thus improving outcomes in the HF population.en_US
dc.format.extent131 pagesen_US
dc.genredoctoral projectsen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/M2Z60C51P
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/10795
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSalisbury Universityen_US
dc.subjectHeart failureen_US
dc.subjectInpatient educationen_US
dc.subjectTelephone follow-upen_US
dc.subjectStandardized educationen_US
dc.subject30-day readmissionsen_US
dc.titleImproving inpatient education and follow-up in patients with heart failureen_US
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