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dc.contributor.advisorSchoening, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.authorWalker-Rainforth, Emilyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-21T14:52:50Z
dc.date.available2016-06-21T14:52:50Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-21
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/88089
dc.description.abstractHeart failure (HF) is a chronic clinical syndrome that causes high rates of mortality, morbidity, and increased health care costs (Anderson, 2013). Heart failure patients frequently experience hospitalizations due to acute exacerbations. A high percentage of readmissions occur soon after discharge. Research is limited on characteristics related to HF and hospital readmissions (Anderson, 2013).|Hospital readmissions can be caused by multiple factors, such as errors made during medication reconciliation, not scheduling a follow-up appointment with a specific date and time at discharge or failing to communicate discharge instructions to primary care providers (PCP) at their follow-up appointment. Improving transition of care from the inpatient to the outpatient setting is critical in reducing 30-day readmission rates in HF patients (Manning, 2011).|The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate the effectiveness of using a discharge checklist for HF patients. Thirty-day readmissions in the adult HF population at a heart and vascular specialty hospital and regional medical center were monitored, as well as communication patterns between the inpatient discharging physician and PCPs. PCPs were surveyed regarding the utility of the discharge checklist.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright is retained by the Author. A non-exclusive distribution right is granted to Creighton Universityen_US
dc.subject.meshHeart Failureen_US
dc.subject.meshPrimary Health Careen_US
dc.subject.meshPatient Readmissionen_US
dc.subject.meshCommunicationen_US
dc.titleEvaluation of a Discharge Tool to Improve Provider Communication and Readmission Rates in Adult Heart Failure Patients.en_US
dc.rights.holderEmily Jo Walker-Rainforth MSN, APRN- FNPen_US
dc.description.noteManuscripten_US
dc.degree.levelDNPen_US
dc.degree.disciplineDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programen_US
dc.degree.nameDoctor of Nursing Practiceen_US
dc.degree.committeeRusch, Lorraineen_US
dc.degree.committeeFelker, Paulineen_US


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