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Patient Education to Reduce Re-Hospitalization
A brief review of the literature on the impact of education on heart failure patients to prevent their re-hospitalization.
# 153171 | 724 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 05, 2013 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper explores the effects of patient education in heart failure patients following diagnosis and before discharge from the hospital in order to reduce re-hospitalization. The paper examines the key empirical studies and finds that nurses play a key role in patient education, telephone support was found to be beneficial in some cases and educating the patient's spouse had a positive effect on preventing re-hospitalization. The paper also points out that it is not just the quantity of education, but its quality, that is important.

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"A recent study found that treating patients as partners in their future care might make the information have more relevance in their lives. For instance, treating patients like partners might have an impact on daily weighing, limiting alcohol intake, and overall nutritional and lifestyle changes (Paul, 2008). This study emphasizes the importance of nurses keeping close contact with patients. This approach will result in better case management and fewer rehospitalizations, as patients will feel as if they are a part of the process. This approach builds a team between the nurse and the patient.
"Case management programs were also found to have a positive influence on reducing the number of re-hospitalizations (Berkowitz, Blank & Powell, 2003). This approach takes into account barriers to Heart Failure (HF) management including multiple conditions, polypharmacy, dietary compliance issues, psychosocial concerns, financial constraints, physical limitations, and cognitive dysfunction. This approach resulted in an 85% reduction of rehospitalizations over a 6 month period.
"Another approach to patient education involved self-monitoring and telephone check-ins at 30, 60, and 90 days. This study found that patients who had time with a nurse educator prior to discharge from the hospital had significantly better outcomes than those that did not have nurse educators prior to discharge (Koeling, Johnson, & Cody, et al, 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berkowitz, R., Blank, L & Powell, S. (2005). Strategies to Reduce Hospitalization in the Management of Heart Failure. Lippincott's Care Management, 10(65), S1-S15. Retrieved 7 February 2011 from.
  • Hines, P.A., Yu, K. & Randall, M. (2010). Preventing Heart Failure Readmissions: Is Your Organization Prepared? Nursing Economic$, 28(2), 74-85. Retrieved 7 February 2011 from.
  • Koelling, T.M., Johnson, M. & Cody, R. et al (2005). Discharge Education Improves Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure. The American Heart Association, Circulation, 111, 179-185 Retrieved 7 February 2011 from.
  • Krumholz, H.M. Amatruda, J. & Smith, O. et al (2002). Randomized Trial of an Education and Support Intervention to Prevent Readmission of Patients with Heart Failure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 39(1), 83-89. Retrieved 7 February 2011 from
  • McAlister, F.A., Stewart, S, Ferrua, S. & et al (2004). Multidisciplinary Strategies for the Management of Heart Failure Patients at High Risk for Admission, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 44(4), 810-819. Retrieved 7 February 2011 from.

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